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Technology Tips:
  1. Make your passwords long and complex. The longer and more "complex" your passwords are, the more difficult they will be to guess. Passwords including at least one character from each of the following categories are more complex than those containing only letters and/or numbers: Alphabetic characters: Aa, Bb…Zz Numeric characters: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Special characters: { } [ ] , . < > ; : ` " ? / | \ ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ - + =
  2. Avoid dictionary words. Your passwords will be stronger if you avoid using words which can be found in a dictionary. Also avoid common phrases, names of people, friends, family, pets, places, sports teams, hobbies, sequences and repeated characters. For example, fido123, nygiants and Betty222 are weak passwords.
  3. If you must write down a password, you should store and protect the document on which it is written appropriately to prevent disclosure to anyone other than yourself.
  4. Never share passwords and never send them in email. Sharing passwords can open the door to potentially significant loss of information, assets, privacy, accountability, and reputation.

  1. Use your phone's password lock feature. Enable the option on your phone which will automatically lock the device after it has been idle for a pre-set time period. Use a password or pin which is difficult to guess and change it periodically.
  2. Avoid storing passwords for online accounts. If your phone remembers passwords for websites you visit often (a.k.a. auto-fill), turn this feature off. This is particularly important for your online accounts which contain personal or financial data. The convenience is probably not worth the risk.
  3. Use Wi-Fi with caution. Turn Wi-Fi service on your phone off when you are not using it. This lowers the risk of connecting to an insecure or suspect network and saves battery life. If you do not recognize a Wi-Fi access point or if you are not sure whether it is secure, don't connect to it.
  4. Keep the software on your phone up-to-date. Periodically check your phone provider's website for updates and apply any available software and security patches.
  5. Be careful with apps. Do research on apps that you install on your smartphone. Apps are great, especially when they're free, but can come with the hidden price of malware, spyware, and other security issues. A bit of due diligence in checking reviews on an app can save a lot of time and trouble in the long run.
  6. Take advantage of the mobile security applications and services which are available for your phone. Software applications and services (e.g., remote-wipe) are available to guard the data on your mobile phone from many known security threats. Consult your mobile phone provider for more information and consider utilizing these offerings which can significantly improve the security of your mobile device.
  7. Avoid "jailbreaking" or "rooting" your phone. If you feel inclined to customize your phone by tampering with its operating system in order to circumvent vendor restrictions, remember that this will usually void the vendor's warranty and disable the phone's security features.
  8. Backup your data. As always, this simple measure is essential if you want to avoid losing your data if your phone is lost, stolen, or broken.