Cybersecurity 101: Tips to keep you safe this holiday season

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The holiday season is right down the road, and it’s a cyber hacker’s dream come true.

Your home is password protected through your Wi-Fi-router. Your security cameras, e-mail, and computers could be at risk, too. But how well is your password protected?

“Whether it’s a business or [a] home, make sure you have back-ups of your data, that’s the number one thing,” said Tom Albertson, vice president for business development and IT Strategy at CPU Inc. “If something happens, whether it’s cyber-attacks or tornado … Whatever happens, if there [is] a disaster of some form, if you have a backup of your data, then you can recover.”

Once hackers invade your router, they can hack into your other devices.

Any device that connects to your router can be at potential risk. Risk factors are security cameras and e-mail.

Allowing hackers to watch you through your cameras or find out important details about you, like banking details or health information, are vital areas in which to watch.

“They’re after everybody, you know, don’t think you’re full proof from being hacked,” added Albertson.

One of the best ways to protect yourself from this is simple.

“Multi-factor identification,” he said. “That means when you’re logging into your e-mail you get basically a pin to your phone confirming it is you that’s accessing your e-mail.”

Hackers use phishing schemes to attract their prey.

Using false narratives to get you to click on their links or have you pay them money.

So, this holiday season stay alert, and keep your passwords protected. The best prevention is to change the passwords often, especially this time of the year with online sales being at a premium.

Or better yet, make your purchases at brick-and-mortar stores.

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