Let ProtectIQ™ be your Cyber-Defender
Everything, from our web browsing to mobile devices and the smart devices installed in our homes, has the potential to erode our privacy and personal security. It’s so important that we do whatever we can to safeguard our personal privacy from cyber-attackers and scam artists.
Your Personally Identifiable Information, known as PII, can include your name, physical home address, email address, telephone numbers, date of birth, marital status, Social Security numbers, and other information relating to your medical status, family members, employment, and education.
All this data, whether lost in different data breaches or stolen through cyberattacks, can provide attackers with enough information to conduct identity theft, take out loans using your name, and potentially compromise online accounts that rely on security questions being answered correctly. In the wrong hands, this information can also prove to be a gold mine for advertisers lacking a moral backbone.
The average user also has about 26 password-protected accounts, but only has five different passwords across these accounts. That makes us more susceptible to hacks, especially brute force attacks. With more than 85 percent of Americans keeping track of online passwords by memorizing them in their heads, it’s nearly impossible to memorize up to 26 passwords. If you have a plethora of passwords, it’s important to install a password management program. However, a shockingly low 12 percent of Americans actually have a password manager installed. Panda Security has put this infographic together to show how vulnerable we are to hackers getting our personal information:
The Minnesota Attorney General also has a great article to read about this topic: Internet Safety – How to Protect Yourself Against Hackers. Below is a high-level summary of steps you can take to help protect your personal information:
Protecting Computers and Laptops
- Make sure your security software is up to date
- Install antivirus and antimalware software
- Disable connections when you are not using them
Protecting Cell Phones
- Create a strong PIN or passcode
- Only install trusted applications
- Keep your software up to date
Protecting Other Internet-Connected Devices
- Review your network and device names
- Create unique passwords for all devices
Protecting Online Accounts
- Delete suspicious emails
- Use secure devices
- Create strong passwords
- Use multifactor authentication on your accounts
- Sign up for account alerts
If Your Device or Online Accounts are Hacked
- Have devices inspected
- Change your passwords
- Monitor financial accounts
- Notify others
- Watch out for other users
In addition to the steps above, Cumberland Connect subscribers can add a secret weapon to their cybersecurity arsenal: ProtectIQ Network Security. With ProtectIQ™, you can have an extra layer of network-level security that helps protect all devices connected to your network. ProtectIQ is a network-level security application, included in the Peace of Mind Package, that works quietly in the background and proactively helps keep malicious websites, viruses, and intrusion away from your home 24/7/365. Learn more about ProtectIQ and the other great benefits of enrolling in the Peace of Mind Package by clicking here.
We want you to have an awesome experience online — and that means keeping your personal information safe and protected! We hope that spreading awareness and sharing these safety tips helps you stay safe online — and be sure to check out our blog to read more about common online scams to watch out for.
*ProtectIQ is not a replacement for traditional antivirus software, but rather, works together with your antivirus software by ensuring that Internet-connected devices like video cameras, Smart TVs, home automation systems, video doorbells, or any other “smart” devices in your home are monitored for web threats and intrusions. While ProtectIQ adds an extra layer of security to your Wi-Fi network, ProtectIQ is not a substitute for antivirus software, and our team recommends keeping anti-virus software as an add-on to ProtectIQ as it can help clean up any systems that are infected.