If you’re not paying attention to your online security, you’re likely more vulnerable than you think. It’s no longer enough to protect your desktop. With mobile devices and bluetooth capabilities on most new technology, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant about your online security. 

It’s time to start thinking about how secure your personal and business information/data is and what more you can do to bolster your security.

Here are 5 ways to make yourself more secure online

Stay informed

There are so many different scams that are used to take advantage of people and they’re constantly evolving. You need to know what to expect. From emails that look like they’re from service providers that you actually use to phone calls from fake recruiters that all want one thing: your information. It’s important to stay in the loop and learn as much as you can about the methods scammers use. When you know how they are going to try to scam you or steal from you, you can fortify yourself against the vulnerability.

Use encryption

Encryption is one of those words that you might have heard about without actually understanding in any real depth. But it’s becoming very common. From encrypted FB private messages to encrypting your smartphone, there are easy and free ways to protect your data. Not sure what it is? Encryption allows you to transfer files and documents in a safe way. If you share sensitive information or you just want an extra layer of protection incorporated into your communication, encryption might be a good option.

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Be careful with cameras and microphones

Cameras and microphones might seem fairly innocent and harmless, but they could be potentially risky. And they’re everywhere now – our smartphones, laptops, tablets, home security, the intersection stop light.

If you own a business be especially careful as they can be used for unscrupulous reasons. And while that may seem far-fetched, it actually happens a lot. Click here to find tools to help you eliminate those threats. Don’t simply assume that you’re not vulnerable.

Tip: Your employees need to also be mindful of the security of the business. They could do something that puts the company’s security at risk if they don’t really know what they’re doing. But that comes down to you ensuring that your team and your customers get the proper training. It could be as simple as requiring a specific type of password to the understanding that people with smartphones could be attempting to record them when they’re entering passwords.

We live in a digital society. Your personal information is always at risk. Make sure your security is not an afterthought. Use these tips to improve your personal and business information.

*this is a contributor written post