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Is anybody safe these days from credit card fraud and identity theft? The recent Equifax credit data breach seems to imply that even the big players are not secure from hackers and thieves.
Don’t panic. While nothing is foolproof any more, there are some strong steps you can take to protect your credit from hucksters and thieves. One of the best is the credit freeze.
Wikipedia tells us that each year about 15% of identity theft cases involve new accounts. Criminals open credit in someone else’s name. Since banks and lenders require a credit report before opening an account, locking this information out with a credit freeze is an effective way to prevent anyone from opening a card in your name. Keep in mind, however, it will also keep you from opening new accounts unless you remove the credit freeze.
Click here to learn more about using a credit freeze to protect yourself from identity theft.
Protect your email password
Your email account is your key to the digital kingdom. Keep it secret; keep it safe!
When choosing an email password, go for something unique and impossible to guess. Never use your birthday or something people know about you. For example, if you drive a Rav4, don’t make your password Rav4. Also, given the number of data breaches, assume that any information held by the government such as your social security number and date of birth are out there in the criminal undergrond.
Choose a password that is not easy to guess. It must not not contain any personal information (social security number, phone number, street number, etc.) that could be gleaned from a credit report or information you've given to the government. Your password could be a nonsensical sentence. For example, Chickens4love2run!
If thinking up obscure passwords and organizing them becomes too much of a chore, Asheville Digital Lifestyle can help you setup a password management system such as Dashlane or 1Password.
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If you own an Apple device you have already seen a notice to upgrade to the new OS and iOS .The new systems have been out for a few weeks now with no signs of major problems, but those who wish to be cautious may want to wait a bit longer, just to be on the safe side.
The latest versions of MacOS and iOS have bug fixes for the built-in programs, and you must be running a recent system to receive important security updates. Plus, your get nifty new features, such as Multitasking and a new App Dock on the iPad that can make your older device feel new again.
For the iPhone
iOS 11 has generally been a smooth upgrade for folks. However, it’s important to know that apps which have been abandoned by their developers will not work in the new system. These old abandoned apps are known as 32-bit apps. To double check whether you have any 32-bit apps on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings -> General -> About -> Applications.
Need help updating your devices and making sure your apps are compatible? Make an appointment with Asheville Digital Lifestyle, and Jensen will come to your office or home to get all your devices running smoothly.
CrashPlan for Home is being discontinued. We’ve been recommending and installing it for years, and recently we’ve been getting calls and emails from clients wondering what to do next. Here’s our best advice.
First, don’t panic! If you are subscribed to CrashPlan to backup your computer, your existing subscription will continue to work through October 2018, and you get an extra 60 days subscription to give you plenty of time to decide your next step.
CrashPlan will continue offering a backup service for small business, but it will cost double the $60 price of the Home Service. For many people it’s just not the right solution.
CrashPlan is guiding its customers towards Carbonite, the most well-known cloud backup service. However, Internet consensus is that in CrashPlan’s wake, the best cloud backup system may well be BackBlaze.
BackBlaze is an excellent replacement for CrashPlan and a solid online backup system designed for everyday people. Some benefits include:
Jensen Gelfond is the Owner Asheville Digital Lifestyle, helps people use their technology more effectively and joyfully.