Safeguarding Your Identity in the Era of Digital Living

Watch where you shop for your smartphone, update your passwords, stay socially safe and protect your privacy, people

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: March 6, 2012

Safeguarding Your Identity in the Era of Digital Living

Safeguard Your Devices: Make sure you only shop from reputable retailers and double check the web address before sending your information.

‘«ů Some smartphones may default to an open wireless network when available, rather than using up the data from your data plan. Make sure you aren't using an open wireless network when shopping online, as your data there is not secure. That means no crossing off the shopping list while accessing the WiFi connection in your local coffee shop. If you have questions, contact the Geek Squad at 1-800 GEEK SQUAD, www.geeksquad.com or at any Best Buy store.

‘«ů Lock your device with a master password. You should also password-protect your device if you are using your credit card to make purchases. If a misplaced device ends up in the wrong hands, you'll be thankful that a secure password is in place. A device that isn't password protected makes it that much easier for a cybercriminal to access your information. As always, make sure you choose a password that attackers won't guess ‘«Űno birthdays or addresses!

Update Passwords: Geek Squad recommends that you treat your password like the key to your front door. Pick a strong password, don't share it and don't write it down.

‘«ů Never use a personal nickname, pet name, birth date, address or other public information as your password. This information is surprisingly easy to find.

‘«ů Never use whole words you find in the dictionary.

‘«ů Use different passwords for different websites.

‘«ů Take advantage of the shift key, and use the available characters in addition to numbers and capital letters.

Stay Socially Safe: Do not provide personal information, such as your birthday, location or phone number. Keep in mind that anything you post on the Internet will be there forever for anyone to read, store and republish.

‘«ů Remember that if it doesn't seem right, it probably isn't; if your "friend" John sent you an unusual message that you won $10,000, someone probably hacked his account.

Privatize your profile: By marking your page as private, users have to request you as a friend or ask for your approval in order to "follow" you on Twitter or view your complete Facebook profile.

‘«ů Social media websites generally undergo changes a few times every year, and most of those facelifts affect privacy settings in some way ‘«Ű though users may not be directly alerted of those specific changes. If you notice changes on social-networking site homepages, it's a good idea to revisit your privacy settings, perform a quick internet search to learn more or ask a one of the 20,000 Geek Squad Agent to give you the scoop.

For help with all your technology needs, call 1.800 GEEK SQUAD to set up an onsite consultation, find a location near you at www.geeksquad.com, or visit the Geek Squad Precinct at Best Buy and other locations to speak with an Agent directly.

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