Yes, there are a lot of things you can do to protect yourself online. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and end up avoiding online security altogether. So why not pick one thing and start there? Here are some ideas:
1. Check to see if your email address has been compromised at “Have I been pawned?” If you have, this should motivate you to make sure your important accounts have long (16 characters or more) unique passwords.
2. Sign up for a free credit monitoring service like TransUnion’s TrueIdentity which will alert you to critical credit changes and allow you to lock your TransUnion credit report.
3. Set up a guest wifi network in your home. This will take a minute, but you only need to do it once. You’ll need to log in to the account controlling your router. Look for a sticker on your router if you aren’t sure of your router’s IP address, and look up manufacturer instructions for creating “Guest Access,” a “Guest Zone,” or something similar. If you have not yet changed the password on your router from the original manufacturer’s setting – now’s the time!
4. Claim your online social security account. This will make it harder for a criminal to make claims in your name. Make sure you are in the right place: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/
5. Take a free phishing test. Think you’re good at spotting scams? Test your skill with a free phishing simulator like this one from Phishing Box.
Experts say anything you do to raise your cybersecurity awareness helps you remain alert and avoid making costly mistakes, such as clicking on something in an email or providing information to the wrong person. So pick an action and give yourself credit for staying involved in your own security!