How to Keep Your Devices Secure

Monday, May 23 at 10:55 AM
Category: Personal Finance

This is the third of a three-part series on protecting your personal information. 

Securing your electronic devices is just as essential as securing your information offline. Here are some ways to make sure you’re being smart with your use of technology.  

Use Security Software
Install anti-virus software, anti-spyware software and a firewall. Set your preference to update these protections often. Protect against intrusions and infections that can compromise your computer files or passwords by installing security patches for your operating system and other software programs.

Avoid Phishing Emails
Don’t open files, click on links, or download programs sent by strangers. Opening a file from someone you don’t know could expose your system to a computer virus or spyware* that captures your passwords or other information you type.

Be Wise About Wi-Fi
Before you send personal information over your laptop or smartphone on a public wireless network* in a coffee shop, library, airport, hotel or other public place, see if your information will be protected. If you use an encrypted website, it protects only the information you send to and from that site. If you use a secure wireless network, all the information you send on that network is protected.

Lock Up Your Laptop
Keep financial information on your laptop* only when necessary. Don’t use an automatic login feature that saves your user name and password, and always log off when you’re finished. That way, if your laptop is stolen, it will be harder for a thief to get at your personal information.

Read Privacy Policies
Yes, they can be long and complex, but they tell you how the site maintains accuracy, access, security and control of the personal information it collects; how it uses the information; and whether it provides information to third parties. If you don’t see or understand a site’s privacy policy, consider doing business elsewhere.

Technology greatly benefits our lives, but we need to protect it so it doesn’t harm our lives too.

Information courtesy of FTC Consumer Information.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

 
Tags: Consumer Protection, Privacy and Security
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