These days, it’s unusual not to have at least one gadget on us at any one time and we rely on these personal devices to stay connected. Looking back, it’s difficult to imagine how we coped without them. We share our top tips for protecting your digital devices and the personal data they store.
Tips for protecting your digital assets
- Back-up your device files frequently either by using an external hard-drive or a virtual storage cloud which many manufactures and internet providers offer as part of their product package.
- Try to use as many different passwords as you can remember. Make them complex and unique, containing a sequence or mixture of letters, numbers and symbols. But don't make it too complicated that you have to write it down and stick it to your computer monitor.
- It's a good idea to set up optional security questions to log into your accounts. Many organisations give the option of added security measures such as extra security questions that a third party wouldn't know or a code sent to your phone.
- Social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, are less secure and easier to hack than high security banking websites, so make sure you have different passwords to access each account.
- If you're away from home, make sure you don’t save private information on a computer or device used at work or in a public area such as a café or library. If you're accessing a private account, make sure to log out completely from your accounts, and never choose to save login information.
- When an online deal seems too good to be true, your instinct is probably right. The best way to make sure that your personal information doesn't get intercepted is by simply sticking with trusted, well-known online retailers, or smaller websites that use reputable payment processors like PayPal or Google Checkout. Regardless of which website you use, you should always look for the padlock icon on the bottom of your browser.
- Keep your antivirus software up-to-date, even if you're a Mac user. Traditionally Macs haven't had the same virus problems as PCs, but viruses for Macs are on the rise. Whatever computer you own, install and allow the antivirus software to regularly update.
- Use unbranded bags and carry-cases so you’re not advertising exactly what you’re carrying on you.
- Unless you really need the space or money, don't get rid of your old CD or vinyl record collection. Put them in storage somewhere, but don't ditch them; they're the ultimate back-up!
Make sure you're covered
With MORE TH>N Home Contents Insurance, you can add-on Accidental Damage cover for damage to items inside your home and Personal Possessions cover for protection against damage to items outside the home.
Aside from the monetary value to replace a smart phone, laptop, tablet and other wearable devices such as smart watches, they store important personal security information as well as our treasured digital assets such as photos. As standard, MORE TH>N Home Contents Insurance covers the cost of replacing electronic data downloads up to £2,500 for added peace of mind.