Hey FixMeFans, the new year is upon us! 2019 has been great, and very eventful in the world of data breaches and malware scams. Let’s learn from our mistakes and leave some common security errors in the past as we move forward into 2020. Keep reading for 5 Security Trends to Leave in the Last Decade:
1. Having the same password for everything
As convenient as it is to only have one password to remember for your accounts, we’ve seen that this is the easiest way for hackers to exploit all of your personal information. Much like a spiral effect, if one account is hacked, the same password will be tried to get into your other accounts, including emails, bank accounts and sensitive tax logins.
Let’s leave this trend in 2019 and start using unique, complex passwords for all our different personal accounts. Click here for some tips in creating strong, hard to crack, passwords that you can remember.
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2. Using Antivirus As Your Only Line of Defense
Don’t forget that with so many new viruses released every day, no single antivirus can detect them all. There are new malware designed specifically to get PAST your antivirus software. That’s why we recommend to run your FixMeStick at least once a month.
FixMeTip: did you know the FixMeStick has 3 embedded antivirus engines and connects to even more in the cloud to find the widest array of threats and keep you safe?
3. Leaving Your IP Address Unprotected
A great way to make sure that what you’re doing online stays private is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN encrypts your browsing data to keep it private so that anything you do or enter online is untraceable. It’s like sending your traffic through an encrypted tunnel. Even if someone got through they wouldn’t be able to read of your browsing information since it’s all encrypted.
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4. Creating Unnecessary Additional E-Waste
When an old computer starts to slow down or it stops receiving security updates, stop before you just toss it out and buy another one. E-waste is a term used to describe electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life” often replaced for a brand new device. Researchers have identified that 50 million tonnes of electronic waste are generated per year, and this number is estimated to double by the year 2050.
Lets stop contributing to electronic waste in 2020, and use a StartMeStick to turn any computer into a fast, secure, and private one! Save money and our planet by helping us lower e-waste. Learn more about the StartMeStick here.
5. Opening Emails from Someone You Don’t Know
One of the most common ways to invite malware into your computer and having your personal information stolen is through phishing scams!
Phishing scams are emails that appear to be from a legitimate company and include clickable links to malicious sites, often prompting you to enter personal information.
The easiest way to avoid falling victim to these scams is to NOT open emails from any address you don’t recognize. Click here for more tips to protect yourself from phishing scams
Let’s stop falling victim to these fake emails in 2020!
The future is bright for keeping our computers and personal information secure. Happy New Year FixMeFans! Let’s stay safe in 2020.