How to help protect your new tech
If you’re the type of person who regularly receives smartwatches, wearable tech, and other gadgets as gifts, it’s important to know how to help protect them. That means not only protection against viruses and assorted malware, but also from prying eyes and the elements.
The insurance factor
Is it worth insuring your new gadgets? If it’s a smartphone or something similar, insurance could be a good idea. Insurance is typically available through your phone manufacturer, such as Samsung or Apple, or through your wireless carrier, or from third-party sources such as Squaretrade. Most insurance programs — including those through the phone makers or cellular service providers — cover water damage in addition to theft, and since replacing a mobile device is hardly cheap, it might be smart to add insurance coverage to your wireless plan.
Install and use security software
Install and run a reputable internet security software, such as Norton 360 Deluxe. An up-to-date internet security program protects your devices against viruses, spyware, malware, and other online threats.
Many people make the mistake of using passwords that are too simple. Yes, your cat’s name might seem like a nice password, but it’s also much easier to crack than one laden with numbers, symbols, and letters. There’s no such thing as a password that’s too complicated. Changing your passwords often is also a good way to help protect new and current tech.
Phone passcodes add another layer of security. Opening your phone with a single swipe may be convenient, but it also means the device is vulnerable to anyone who picks it up. Use a passcode on your phone, and make sure the device auto-locks. That extra bit of security can go a long way.
Regular software updates
In addition to updating security on your devices, you’ll want to update the software regularly. Doing so provides extra protection, because any device with outdated software could be vulnerable to hackers and cybersnoops who exploit software vulnerabilities that haven’t been patched. Perform software updates whenever you receive a notification to keep your devices in top form.
A lot of devices can withstand a dip in a rain puddle, pool, or toilet, but not for long. If you’re concerned about your device being subjected to water damage, consider investing in a waterproof case. Numerous slim, sleek protective skins exist today which help shield your device from damage without adding bulk to your purse or pants pocket. Companies such as LifeProof and OtterBox make high-quality protective cases for smartphones and other digital accessories, so you don’t have to panic every time you drop your device*.
Safe Wi-Fi use
Rather than connecting your phone, tablet, laptop, or other device to any Wi-Fi network, connect through a secure virtual private network instead. A VPN creates an encrypted network connection through which any data you or send or receive can securely pass Norton Secure VPN is a multi-device VPN service that helps make your public Wi-Fi connections private and secure by encrypting your information, so you won’t have to worry about someone spying on your browsing activity or downloads.
What else can I do?
Wondering about some other ways you can help protect your brand-new gadgets? Here are three.
- Read privacy policies thoroughly before agreeing to any access or before downloading any app.
- Enable two-factor authentication on any operating system or online account where it is available.
- Use anti-malware, firewalls, and similar security features where applicable.
Keep these tips and suggestions in mind throughout the year to help keep your devices safer from threats, whether from hackers, drops, or the elements. Stay up to date on the latest security innovations so you can feel good about the security of your device.
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