Three "Bear" Minimums to Computer User Safety
What do the DNC, Podesta, and Pence have in common? An IT nerd will proclaim: they’ve all been hacked. It leads me to wonder, will I be next? It feels inevitable - whether it’s some kind of ransomware that forced you to call some 800 number that then took control of your computer and demanded you pay x amount of bitcoins, or the prankster buddy that “hacked” your facebook and posted some ridiculousness on your behalf, or the “Russians”. Folks, it is getting real out here. But no need to spaz out; these simple habits will keep you ahead of the the masses. The truth is, you don’t need to outrun the bear, you just have to make sure you’re not bringing up the rear.
Password protect your device, PC, laptop, and/or tablet.
When leaving your computer, log out of your cloud accounts, especially gmail.
- Make it a habit to logout of your computer or lock your account when you step away.