Avoid a Digital Hack: Get Tech-Savvy NowJan 09, 2024
Pam Moorhouse of My Life Capsule, geared up to unravel the whimsical secrets of dodging online scams. As we embark on 2024, we’re serving up practical advice with a side of humour to keep you and your loved ones digitally radiant.
Why Getting Hacked Stings! 💻
Let’s start with the tough stuff – did you know that an identity theft happens every 22 seconds! And
here's a nugget from the experts: 70% of passwords can be cracked faster than your morning coffee
gets cold. Cyberattacks are the culprits turning data breaches into the hottest trend, and in a world
where safeguarding personal info is as essential as knowing the wifi password, it's baffling that we're still
using email for sharing personal details.
Handing over even the most basic info like your name, date of birth, address, license, bank, or medical numbers via email gives hackers all they need to wreak havoc on your life.
It’s time for a digital safety makeover, ladies!
So, let's help you keep your data away from the black-hooded cyber bandits.
Your Digital Security Survival Tips 👩🏻💻
1. Say No to Password Paper Trails: Resist the temptation to turn your home or office into a comedy
sketch featuring all your secret codes. Stop writing your passwords on post-it notes.
2. Use Strong Passwords: Update your passwords regularly, creating a mix of letters, numbers, and
symbols. And don’t use the same password for every account you have. Let's make 'password123' and
‘admin’ a relic of the past!
Note: Invest in a password manager— preferably a dual-functionality tool providing secure storage for
confidential documents, an encrypted sharing portal, and efficient password management.
3. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Add an extra layer of security to your accounts. It's like
having a secret handshake that only you and your devices know.
4. Shop Online Securely: Ensure online shopping safety by checking for 'https' or a padlock symbol in
the URL. Never use public, unsecured WiFi for transactions.
5. Logout Protocol: Always log out of personal accounts, including bank and email apps, to bolster
your online security.
6. Beware of Phishing: Virtual fishing expeditions are real. To avoid getting hooked, verify sources
before clicking links, opening SMSs, or sharing any personal details. Not every email is a genie granting
three wishes – some are just trolls in disguise!
7. Regularly Update Devices: Keep your tech wardrobe up to date. The latest patches and updates
are the trendiest accessories for enhancing device security.
8. Educate Your Crew: Share these tips with your family and ensure your professional service
providers join the cybersecurity bandwagon. Uncle Bob might be unaware of the latest phishing scams,
but with your guidance, he might finally retire "password123" from everything!
Privacy-By-Design: The VIP Club for Cybersecurity 🔐
Privacy-by-design is like having a backstage pass to a VIP club in cybersecurity. It’s a term that
describes software that is created entirely with your privacy in mind. These providers offer data
protection and privacy by design, and by default, enforcing a zero access policy to your information. So
next time you need to share something important, make sure you are using privacy-by-design software
like My Life Capsule or any other privacy-by-design software that puts your privacy at the core of its
priorities and software. It's like having a digital superhero – always there to protect your secrets.
Personal Advisors: Are Yours Up To The Task? 🙋🏻♀️
As you absorb wisdom from the legends at Ladies Finance Club and align your financial, legal, and
property matters, consider this critical question: What if you encounter a cybersecurity hack? All your
diligent efforts might unravel if you're not adequately protected.
Your financial advisors, accountants, lawyers and brokers bear a profound responsibility. Beyond
managing numbers and transactions, they hold the keys to the intricacies of your life — from estate and
legacy planning to navigating challenges like separation, illnesses, or major life acquisitions such as
property. It's important to note that advisors in the UK and Australia are legally required to safeguard
your personal information. However, the reality is that not all of them adhere to these obligations or
aren’t doing so adequately - yet.
These professionals play a vital role in safeguarding your personal information. They are often so
brilliant and helpful that we think they should have super hero capes too, but you also need to ensure they're sharing your confidential data safely. They should deliver secure, private, and trustworthy client
engagement, granting you control over who accesses your information and when.
Take action: send your advisors an email with the subject line: "Ensuring the Security of My Personal
Information." Ask for details on how they protect your personal identifiable information and whether your
data and files are stored and shared securely. If they can't provide assurance, it could be time to explore
new advisory options. This proactive step helps you fortify not only against identity theft but also
potential breaches of your personal privacy.
3 Reasons You Should Take Charge & Get Organised With A Personal Digital Vault In 2024 📂
1. Effortless Organisation: Keep your important legal, finance, property, health and identity files, data,
and passwords in a secure digital vault that can be accesses anytime from anywhere in the world.
2. Peace of Mind: Stay connected to your loved ones by sharing critical information and always be
ready for any unexpected life events, from a car accident to a major illness or house fire.
3. Ultra-Secure Protection: Confidently store and share important data, passwords, documents, or
photos with state-of-the-art digital protection.
Armed with these digital safety tools, you're now ready to navigate the online world securely. Share
these tips with your friends, family, and colleagues to create a community of cyber-savvy individuals.
Together, we can build a safer digital environment for everyone. Stay vigilant, stay secure, and let's
make 2024 the year we outsmart the cyber bandits! 🔐✨
About The Author
Pam Moorhouse is the CEO and Co-founder of My Life Capsule, the privacy-first client engagement
solution delivering a trifecta of security, privacy, and personal data control for individuals, families and
Learn more at https://mylifecapsule.com/