This article is sponsored by Google. All opinions are mine alone.
Have you ever experienced fraudulent charges on your credit or bank accounts? How about an email or user account being hacked into and taken over by some unknown? Nearly every member of my household from adult to even my youngest whom is nine has. Surprised? You shouldn’t be as it happens online safety issues occur often than you would think, especially during the holidays. The good news is there are ways to protect yourself and your family. Using the following three tips from Google will help get you started off in the right direction.
Creating and remembering passwords is a hard thing to keep up with. Google suggests using unique, strong passwords for all of your accounts to help stay more secure online. Consider using a password manager (like the one built into your Google Account) to help you create, remember and store all your passwords. You can find your stored password information by visiting passwords.google.com.
Software Updates For Improved Online Safety
Keeping your software up to date is extremely important to your online safety. Be sure to keep track of all of your devices including phones, tablets, and computer equipment. Some software, like Chrome, Android, and iOS, will automatically update so you never need to worry about doing it yourself. For other services that send notifications when it’s time to update, don’t click “remind me later”. As they say, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today”. Be sure to take the time to update right those away.
Google Security Checkup
Take the time this holiday season to complete a Google Security Checkup. It’s a step-by-step tool that helps protect the security of your Google Account with personalized recommendations. You can manage which third-party apps have access to your account data, check your saved passwords for security issues, and more. Find additional information about the Google Security Checkup here: g.co/securitycheckup.
Just as a reminder each of these online safety tips and services are provided by Google are completely free to you. Which tip did you find most helpful and what others do you have to share? Together we can help spread the word to others and help stay online safe this holiday season!