Smartphones, tablets and laptops are fantastic tools: They enable us to search the Internet, answer e-mail messages and watch video whether we’re sitting on the train or waiting for our flight at the airport. Yet these devices can be harmful, too. Should they fall into the wrong hands, your private information, everything from your online banks accounts to your e-mail messages to your Facebook pages, can fall prey to cyber thieves. And there’s little restriction to the problems they can cause. Luckily for us, there are steps that you can take to safeguard your privacy even in today’s age of mobile computing, and as Forbes says, these steps are really easy.
Password-protecting your mobile devices – your tablets, laptops and smartphones – is your first line of defense. If thieves must first guess your password before they can turn on your iPad or Amazon Fire, the chances are lower that they’ll actually gain access to your private information. As Forbes says, password-protecting your mobile devices is no different than locking your car doors when you park at the grocery store.
To protect your privacy, you might want to find out what people are writing about you online. To make this happen, set up a Google Alert in your name. You’ll then receive a message whenever someone says something about you online. As Forbes says, there isn’t any easier way to track what’s being said about you.
You just completed changing your Facebook page. You’ve just transferred money electronically to your PayPal account. What do you do now? Make certain, before leaving the site, that you simply sign out. This is especially important if you’re using a computer at a library or any other public place. You don’t want the next user to see your accounts and gain easy access because you’re still signed in. All of us are busy. However you are not too busy to remember to sign out.