Jones-Onslow places a high priority on safety and security, and that’s equally true when it comes to our members’ data and personal information. We do everything we can to ensure your information is secure by focusing on a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that is reviewed every day. In addition, there’s a few simple things that YOU can do to keep your information safe at home. If we all work together, we can keep the bad guys out.
- Keep your Computer Up-to-Date
Keeping your computer updated is a good first step to making sure your information is safe. Updating your devices is essential when it comes to patching the vulnerabilities any device can have. In any given month a Microsoft Windows computer could have several or even hundreds of new vulnerabilities. Patches for these vulnerabilities are typically released on Tuesdays or Patch Tuesday. A patch fixes a weakness in the computer’s software – just like you would patch your jeans, a computer needs a patch or update.
Next time you receive a suspicious email, consider the following questions. Is it credible? Are you expecting it? Does it seem too good to be true? Are they trying to get you to do something? Never contact the sender from the information in the email, always use known reliable contact information. Remember…never click on any attached files unless you are expecting it – this includes web links. There is a difference between having a promotional code provided to you and being asked for personal information before the promise of one. When in doubt delete the email.
Everything is better when it’s free, right? In the case of Wi-Fi, unfortunately not. You could be putting yourself at risk and exposing your information to hackers. Sure, it’s convenient and free, but you get what you pay for. If it’s free for you, it’s free for the bad guy to connect as well. Next time you connect to free Wi-Fi, consider the risk of the information being sent or received. If you’re signing into your bank, hackers could obtain your credentials by logging what you submit.
- The Social Media Beast
Social media opens the doors for all kinds of gratifying fun when it comes to cyber hackers trying to obtain your information. Next time you post a picture or any information online, remember there are settings in place to keep your content private. At the very least, consider limiting the number of kinds of people who can see your content, maybe family or close friends. Remember not to post anything about when you are leaving for vacation, there’s no need to tip off a thief that you will be gone.