October is Cyber Security Month!
Hey everyone, did you know that October is Cyber Security Month? Michael and I love tech, and we know how easy it is for our devices to become prey to the bad guys out there. That's why we want to share a few tips on how you can keep your family's tech safe.
Michael is my favorite tech guy. He's the one I count on every day to not only keep Dancing With Fireflies running smoothly, but to make sure our family is being cyber safe.
Since October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, I wanted to focus on the first post on simple recommendations that everyone can and should do to secure their mobile devices.
Cyber Security applies to your Mobile Devices Too!
Why are we starting with Mobile devices?
Because to put it bluntly for most people our entire lives are on our phones. We use our phones for everything from taking photos, chatting with friends and family, playing games, and even banking.
However, many people don't think about how easy it is for all of our personal information to fall into the hands of criminals.
The passcode on your phone is just like the physical locks on our doors. We lock the doors in our cars, houses, and apartments, because they help secure our property, our family and ourselves.
I know so many people who leave their phones unlocked, and have left their phones in their cars, left in a gym locker, and even forgotten at a restaurant table. Now, think about how easy it is to snatch that tiny device and suddenly discover where you live, where you bank, your contact numbers, and even what you look like!
Whether you have an iPhone or an Android device, they all support a simple pin or passcode at the minimum. You need to make sure at the very least you have enabled these features on your phone. To setup a passcode on iPhone you can follow the Apple Guide
To setup a passcode on your Android devices you can follow the guide on Google
Safe Passwords Are Hard To Guess But Biometrics Can't Be
Once you have the passcode enabled or if you already have the passcode on your phone, and your phone supports it, you can then enable biometric authentication.
Biometric authentication is a the ability to use things like fingerprints or facial recognition to login to your device rather than the passcode.
This provides an additional layer of security, since in order to login the device you need to be close enough to touch it or for the camera to see your face.
Don't Get Frustrated, Get Safe!
Maybe you have already enabled the settings and you are realizing that you are frustrated that the fingerprint reader doesn’t work every time or the facial recognition doesn’t always work.
It happens to everyone!
The technology is relatively new and it does improve regularly, but trust me the inconvenience is worth it in the long run.
Just think about how many times you or someone you know has lost a phone! We have lost our own phones in cabs, airplanes, and someone of them just seemed to have disappeared!
Maybe you just want to keep your kids (or your parents) out of your phone. That's when you discover the value of passwords and biometrics!