3 ways to stay protected while connected every day

The amount of data, devices and connections we have today could bring a potentially new set of online security threats. Here’s how to stay protected while connected.

Read privacy policies
When you log in to a new site or app, you’re likely to see a long legal statement. It’s called a data privacy policy. Essentially, you’re consenting to have your data collected in return for using the product. You likely click the box confirming you’ve read and understood exactly what the company may do with your information. In reality, you likely haven’t read the policy. So, it’s time now to start protecting your data.

Read the policy to see what personal information is collected. You learn how your data is collected and stored securely, and if it’s shared with third parties, law enforcement or government. Finally, if you’re not comfortable with the details, see if there’s another site or app with a better privacy policy.

Use strong, secure passwords
Next think about using a strong password. It’s one that can’t easily be guessed. For even stronger protections, use a long, strong passphrase for each account. Put together a mix of unconnected words of 15 characters or more. Include upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. For instance, a phrase such as “I desk eight tacos” becomes 1dE$k3at8t@c0$. As a result, you can stay connected more securely.

Do more to protect your passwords
Solid passphrases are a great first step for keeping your accounts secure. But, you can do more. Two-factor authentication makes it even harder for thieves to access your account. This extra layer of security combines a username and password with a second factor only you have (e.g. a one-time passcode via text message; a push notification to your mobile device; or a code generator app). The second factor could also be something unique to you, like a fingerprint or retinal scan.

In an ever-changing digital world, these tips can help you do a better job of protecting your online accounts.

The advice provided is for informational purposes only.
Article provided by Local Government Federal Credit Union.