Internet connectivity is a part of everyone’s daily life. With constant connectivity, it is important that basic cybersecurity practices become an everyday habit with all members of the family. Just as we should always lock our front doors, we should regularly remember to change our online account passwords. We are taught 'don’t talk to strangers' – online, we should be mindful that we don’t click on links from unknown or unexpected senders. T&M's cyber security experts offer some basic cybersecurity tips for the entire family.
Always change the default passwords for all devices.
Change your passwords on a regular basis.
Mix in lower and uppercase letters, numbers, symbols, and non-dictionary words or phrases into your passwords.
Do not reuse passwords across multiple accounts or devices.
Use two-factor authentication when possible.
Be aware of phishing attacks! Pay special attention to unexpected emails, spelling errors, and unfamiliar links or email addresses.
And here are some additional tips especially directed towards the younger members of the family:
Do not give personal information to strangers online. Information such as your full name, address, telephone number, birthday, where you go to school, photos, or your parents' names should never be disclosed to strangers.
Talk to your parents or teacher if someone online is making you uncomfortable.
Be wary. Don’t trust everything you see on the internet.
Be careful of what you post. Assume that nothing can be permanently removed from the Internet.
When all members of the family follow these tips, your home will become a safer place.