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In this digital age, our computers hold a vast amount of personal and sensitive information, from our bank details to our Social Security numbers. That makes protecting our devices and online accounts more important than ever. Today marks Computer Security Day, a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about the importance of digital safety. In this quick guide, we’ll share some essential tips to help you keep your digital identity secure.

Update your software regularly:

Keeping your software up-to-date is one of the easiest things you can do to protect your computer from malware and cyber-attacks. Software updates often include security patches that fix vulnerabilities, making it harder for cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access to your devices. Make sure you update all your software regularly, including your operating system, web browser, antivirus software, and other applications.

Use strong and unique passwords:

Using strong and unique passwords is vital to keeping your online accounts secure. Hackers can easily crack weak or reused passwords and use them to gain access to different accounts, including banking and email. To create strong passwords, use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, and avoid using common words or phrases. Make sure you use a unique password for each account and never share them with anyone.

Enable two-factor authentication:

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an extra layer of security that requires you to provide two different forms of identification to access an account. That means even if hackers crack your password, they still won’t be able to log in to your account without the second form of authentication. Most online services, including email, banking, and social media, offer two-factor authentication, so it’s worth taking a few minutes to enable it wherever possible.

Be wary of social engineering scams:

Social engineering scams are tricks used by cybercriminals to manipulate people into giving away sensitive information or money. They often involve phishing emails, fake phone calls, or fraudulent websites that mimic reputable companies or organizations. To avoid falling victim to social engineering attacks, always check the validity of the source before providing any information or clicking any links. Be skeptical of unsolicited emails or phone calls, and never give sensitive information unless you can verify the authenticity of the source.

Back up your data regularly:

No matter how secure your computer is, accidents happen, and devices can fail. That’s why it’s essential to back up your data regularly to avoid losing your important files if something goes wrong. You can use cloud storage services like Google Drive or Dropbox or an external hard drive to back up your files. Make sure you back up your data regularly, preferably daily, so that you can recover it quickly if you need to.

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Former Blue Jays’ Manager John Gibbons

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