Understand your digital profile.
Internet-based devices are present in every aspect of our lives: at home, school, work, and on the go. A constant connection provides opportunities for innovation and modernization, while introducing opportunities for potential cyberthreats that can compromise your most important personal information: your digital profile.
Think of your digital profile as the electronic footprints you leave on the internet. Some footprints are intentional — for example, what you post on Facebook or LinkedIn. Others may have been left unintentionally or indirectly — such as when a friend posts something about you.
To help keep your information safe and secure, take some time to understand the devices and applications you use every day.
- Be familiar with the privacy settings in the software that you use.
- Be cautious with your social media posts. Are you sharing too much information?
- Learn about the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology that you are bringing into your home or office.
- Don’t let your tech own you. Learn how to configure your devices correctly or seek out someone who does. Many of the devices you buy will have a default user name and password that you should change immediately; otherwise, you have just opened a giant front door into your digital life.
Secure your digital profile.
Cybercriminals are very good at getting personal information from unsuspecting victims, and the methods are getting more sophisticated as technology evolves. Protect against cyber threats by learning about security features available on the equipment and software you use. Apply additional layers of security to your devices – such as Google 2-Step Verification to your JCU Google account.
No peeking! Staying safe and private on Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is great. Think about it, you pretty much carry an entire library and a direct line to anywhere in the world in your pocket. Nowadays many businesses offer Wi-Fi for their customers, so you can stay connected even while eating udon or waiting in line for toast.
But! That doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Using public Wi-Fi is sort of like doing, well, anything else in public: you want to be safe and not accidentally wander into trouble. Let’s talk about what you can do to protect yourself on Wi-Fi.
- When you’re on public Wi-Fi, never access anything private. Accessing sports scores? Cool. Accessing your bank account? Not so much — not when the Wi-Fi’s owner could be looking over your cyber-shoulder.
- If you use a business’s Wi-Fi, make sure to ask the owner for the exact name and password of the network. That way you can avoid mistakes and networks playing copycat.
By thinking it through and being cautious, you can make sure your private information stays private.
Protect IT by managing your digital profile.
Maintain your digital profile. Every click, share, send, and post you make creates a digital trail that can be exploited by cybercriminals. To protect yourself from becoming a cybercrime victim you must understand, secure, and maintain your digital profile. Be familiar with and routinely check privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes.