These days, it seems like there are so many different risks for families. As well as the usual threat from potential home security issues, such as burglars and break ins, there are now so many new and modern risks as well. For instance, many families now have to be careful when they use the internet to make sure that they don’t inadvertently infect their device with a virus or make it easy for hackers to access. Cases of identity fraud also appear to be on the rise in our modern society as well.
It’s never been so important to keep your family safe and secure. As the world changes and new threats are exposed, it’s important that your efforts to keep your life secure also change as well. So, if you haven’t reviewed the steps and measures that you take to keep your family safe, it could be time to consider them again. You might need to change certain aspects of your measures or start taking some new steps.
Here are the best ways you can keep your family safe in the 21st century…
Invest In Good Antivirus Software
First of all, if you don’t already, it is really essential that you invest in some good antivirus software. This is necessary to prevent your laptop or other device from getting infected with a potentially debilitating virus that could make your computer or device unusable. Some viruses can even put your sensitive data and information at risk as they will make it a lot easier for hackers to gain access to it. Even if you already have some antivirus software on your computer, you should make sure that it has been fully updated and that you are operating the latest version. Viruses are constantly becoming more sophisticated, and only the latest versions of software will be able to keep your computer fully protected.
Don’t Use Search Engines That Track You
Did you know that some search engines will track you and your internet usage? The big-name search engines all track, including Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. They use all of the data that they can get from you, and they then use this information to decide which targeted adverts to show you. Using your IP address and browsing habits, they will try to show you only the adverts that you are most likely to act on. And that is how they make their money. So, why not start using a search engine that doesn’t track you, such as DuckDuckGo.
Be Careful With Your Social Media Use
If you are an active user of social media, you might want to think twice about the kind of things that you post onto your profiles. Firstly, it’s important that all of your profiles are set to private. That’s the case for your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This will prevent anyone who you don’t know seeing any of your private information. Even when your profile is set to private, you should still try to limit the amount of things that you post about. For example, when you go away on vacation, you might be tempted to post lots of photos from your trip. However, it’s always best to save posting your photos until you are home or else you could be advertising that you have left your home empty. This might increase the chance of it being broken into while you are away.
Don’t Let People Watch You Enter Sensitive Information Into Devices
There might be times when you need to enter some sensitive information into a device or computer in public. Obviously, this isn’t ideal as it means that other people might be able to spy exactly what you are entering in. This won’t be good is people see your password, for instance, as they will then be able to access your account. So, you must try and guard all the information that you enter as much as you can. The next time you go to get money out of an ATM, it’s always best to use your spare hand to shield the buttons as you enter your pin number in. If you need to enter a password into a computer in public, make sure no one is directly behind you.
Keep Cameras Covered When Not In Use
Did you know that there have been cases of people being watched through the camera on their laptop or smartphone? It’s sadly true! Hackers can hack into a device and gain control of its camera. They can then turn it on so that it starts to record the person who is using the device. Most of the time, this happens without the device owner even knowing that the hacker has gained control of their device. The best thing you can do to make sure this kind of situation doesn’t get out of hand is to always keep your camera covered up when you aren’t using it yourself. You can do this by sticking a post-it note over the top of your laptop’s camera for example.
Diversify Your Savings
You will also need to protect you and your family from a few different financial risks out there. For instance, it is always best to spread your savings out over a few different saving accounts and investments. That way, if one investment were to lose a lot of value all of a sudden, your overall financial status wouldn’t have taken too much of a hit as your other investments and saving pots will be propping up your overall value. So, if you haven’t already, be sure to spread your savings around so that you don’t end up with all of your eggs in one precarious basket.
Never Set The Address In Devices As Your Exact Address
When you get a new device, whether it is a smartphone or a different kind of tablet device, you will be given the option to set its address. Make sure you don’t set this as your exact address. If you do that, then a hacker who gains access to the device will then be able to find out where you live. Instead, set it to an address that is very close to where you live. You can then take advantage of its location features, but won’t be putting your home location at risk.
Destroy Letters With Sensitive Information On
Don’t just throw any letter that you get in the bin. First, you need to review it to see if there is any sensitive data on it, such as your address or bank details. If there is, you need to shred or burn the letter. If you just put it in the bin, then anyone could get their hands on those details and could use them to commit identity fraud.
Hopefully, all of these tips help you retain your privacy and keep your family completely safe and secure!
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