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Four Ways to Protect Your Personal Information Online

There's no better time than National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to make sure that you're following the best practices for online safety. Here are tips to help protect yourself and your personal information.

Throughout October — National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — TCU has offered tips to help online consumers learn to “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” when it comes to their digital devices and personal information. In our final installment, some advice on how to Protect IT online:

Security Checks: Make sure you’re up to date with the latest security software, web browser and operating system on any device that connects to the internet — which could include game consoles and home appliances, in addition to computers and mobile devices.

Surf Safe: Look for the “green lock” or padlock icon in the browser bar that indicates a secure connection. In public settings, avoid connecting to the Internet via an unencrypted public network — a personal Wi-Fi hotspot is a safer alternative. On unsecured networks, avoid sites that require you to input passwords or financial information.

Don’t Be Too Social: Limit the personal information you share on social media. Cybercriminals can seize on details such as birthdates, whereabouts at certain times of day, and vacation plans to use against you both online and in the real world.

Trash Preset Passwords: Change the factory set usernames and passwords on your WIFI network and digital devices.