You probably think of yourself as internet knowledgeable if you own a smartphone and use the internet occasionally. However, are you browsing the web securely? We asked our Business & Technology Services division, sometimes known as “BATS,” to provide their top online safety advice and describe the steps they take to protect customer information.
Internet safety advice:
- Keep it confidential. Don’t use free public WiFi to obtain financial or personal information. Thanks to smartphone technology, we can readily access our bank accounts and make purchases wherever we are. Although we adore its convenience, accessing public WiFi might be dangerous. By all means, utilize a public network if you’re seeking general information, such as finding nearby eateries or cat memes. However, we advise using a secure connection if you’re accessing sensitive data or accounts, such as checking your bank statement or making an online purchase.
- Click cautiously. Links and attachments that look “fishy” should be avoided. These can be sent via email, text, instant messaging, and other channels. As a general rule, never click on a link you weren’t expecting to get. Especially if the sender’s name, email address, or phone number is unfamiliar. If they do, your spider sense should be tingling.
I request that you change your payment details
ProTip: To be sure you genuinely need to change your payment information, visit the company’s website and get in touch with them there.
Requesting your private or sensitive data,
ask you to click a link to log in
and make a time-sensitive, urgent request.
feature many noticeable typos or punctuation errors
ProTip: To view the address from which the email is being sent, click on the sender’s name. If it is coming from Apple or Amazon, for instance, you will be able to know. The address is generally suspect if it contains strange characters and numbers or otherwise makes no sense.
Also, remember that if anything seems too good to be true, it generally is.
- Constantly wear protection. Internet viruses and malware are pervasive. Viruses and other harmful software will be found and eliminated from your computer or laptop by antivirus and anti-malware solutions. Consider the front door security at a building’s entry when imagining how an external firewall offers protection. Consider the building’s janitor as the antivirus software that protects internal security.
What’s better, a firewall or a virus scanner? Take both.
- Password security. Securer = more complicated. We know that you wish to choose an easy-to-remember password, such as the name of your pet or firstborn kid… but it also makes you incredibly hackable. Short, simple passwords may be cracked in a matter of minutes by hackers using various methods. Use a password with a minimum of eight characters, a mix of numbers, capital and lowercase letters, and symbols.
ProTip: A passphrase, such as “sp00ktacularsafetyTIPS,” can be even more secure than a typical password and is frequently simpler to remember.
What we’re doing to protect customer information:
First off, our Business & Technology Services team (“BATS”) is responsible for guaranteeing the confidentiality of the information about our clients. They put a lot of effort into ensuring our cybersecurity is robust and secure, which extends to any data saved on your client portal.
Litco Law uses best-in-class security tools, and we have round-the-clock monitoring to ensure everything is exceptionally safe. Our company’s applications are sturdy and comprehensive; although we can’t discuss them in great detail (for safety reasons), imagine Fort Knox.
The legal society has stringent guidelines and standards to protect and secure sensitive information. We must maintain all client information in Canada and make sure that it is “collected, utilized, disclosed, and maintained in compliance with the Personal Information Protection Act (Alberta)” as a professional law practice.
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