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Safeguarding Your Digital World: Pro Tips on Internet Safety and Computer Maintenance

In honor of Safer Internet Day, we’re diving headfirst into the thrilling world of online safety and computer maintenance. Sharp’s IT Technician, Jorge, knows just how crucial secure digital habits and regular computer TLC are in our day-to-day lives. Whether you’re conducting business, splurging in an online shopping spree or mindlessly meme-scrolling, protecting your personal info is key, and Jorge is here to offer you some tips.

  1. Robust Passwords: Your Digital Guard

Your digital safety journey starts with robust password practices. Steer clear of predictable passwords such as “password123” or “admin”. Instead, opt for intricate combinations of letters, numbers and symbols. Utilizing a trustworthy password manager can assist in creating and securely storing these passwords.

“Too many people keep their passwords on an excel sheet called ‘my passwords’,” chuckles Jorge, Sharp’s IT Technician.

Jorge recommends using Bitwarden for password storage. That way you only have to remember one super strong password, and Bitwarden handles the rest.

  1. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Double the Security

Adding two-factor authentication (2FA) to your accounts is like adding a deadbolt to your front door. It usually requires a second form of ID, like a text code sent to your phone, along with your password. With 2FA, you significantly decrease the chances of any unwanted guests.

  1. Safe Browsing: Navigate with Caution

Surfing the web? Make sure you’re not catching a wave straight into a shark’s mouth. Check for “https://” at the start of the URL to ensure the website is encrypted and secure. Be wary of clicking links from unfamiliar sources, they might be luring you into dangerous waters.

  1. Regular Software Updates: Keep up with the Times

Keeping your software up to date is like getting your car serviced regularly — it helps everything run smoothly and prevents unexpected breakdowns. These updates often contain patches for security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers. Make sure to frequently check for and install updates on all your devices.

  1. Privacy Settings: Your Digital Curtains

Check your social media accounts’ privacy settings now and then, just as you’d check your window curtains are closed at night. Ensure you’re comfortable with the information you’re sharing and who has access to it. Remember, the less personal information available online, the better.

  1. Compressed Air: Your Tool for Dust-Free Computers

Compressed air is a potent tool in maintaining your computer’s physical health. It acts like a targeted gust of wind, dislodging stubborn dust from your machine’s hidden corners. When used properly, compressed air can remove dust without causing any damage to your components. It doesn’t just scatter dust; it prevents vents from becoming clogged with accumulated dirt. However, remember to use it correctly — avoid spraying the refrigerant liquid and never hold the can upside down. So, when you notice a dust build-up, reach for a can of compressed air for a quick and efficient cleanup.

  1. Computer Cleaners: Optimizing Performance Through Digital Hygiene

Cleaning up cookies and cache from your computer is as vital as dusting your desk. Over time, these digital crumbs can slow your system and eat away at your storage space. Using a reliable computer cleaner tool helps manage these files effectively, improving your device’s performance. A clean computer isn’t just about a dust-free keyboard; it’s about a clutter-free digital workspace too.

  1. Cyber Insurance: Your Digital Safety Net

In the digital age, it’s not just our physical assets that need protection — our online footprint requires safeguarding too. Many home insurance policies now include cyber insurance as a standard, providing coverage for incidents like identity theft, data breaches and even cyberbullying.

Is your policy up to date? Does it cover you for cyber incidents? If you’re unsure, it’s time to give Sharp a call. Our team can help you understand your current coverage and ensure it fits your digital lifestyle. Don’t leave it to chance — take control of your cyber safety today and sleep easier tomorrow. Call us now to make sure you’re fully covered.

Remember, maintaining digital safety is an ongoing process. This Safer Internet Day, let’s commit to making the internet a safer space for everyone. Employ these tips today and fortify your digital world.

 

Jorge’s BONUS Tip to Avoid Ads

Did you know that most internet browsers offer free extensions that remove targeted ads from websites? Jorge’s personal favourite is a free Google Chrome extension, Ghostery. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to enable Ghostery.

  1. Click on the three dots in the top right corner, then extensions, then visit Chrome Web Store
  2. Search for Ghostery Tracker Ad Blocker – Privacy AdBlock, then click Add to Chrome
  3. Click ENABLE GHOSTERY

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