Court reporters, like everyone else on the planet, want to keep their identity secure. Here are eight tips. My next blog will be tips on creating strong passwords.
- Keep your personal information safe and confidential. NEVER provide PINS or passwords to anyone.
- Create strong passwords (see following blog).
- Review your transactions and your account statements regularly.
- Update your antivirus software and configure the software to check for updates automatically.
- Be cautious in your online activity; log off websites, including e-mail accounts, when you are finished using them.
- Remember: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- Run System Update to download and install the latest security updates, and configure the software to check for updates automatically.
- Purge old email messages containing confidential or personal information from your mailbox folders, including Inbox, Sent Items and Deleted Items.
Some of the above-referenced tips seem to be very simple, but it is good to be mindful that cyber criminals are relentless and want your information. Court reporters have to be on strange websites constantly looking for spellings of everything from a prescription drug to the newest type of bond adhesive for the crown of a tooth. When I have gone onto certain websites, sometimes I will get an instinctive, danger-danger feeling that something is wrong, and I get out fast. I don’t know if that feeling has any merit or not, but I pay attention. Be safe out there in the cyber world.