As a trucker, you travel all over this country — and even across borders — with your important devices like a smartphone or laptop in tow. However, that kind of travel combined with the amount of sensitive information stored on these devices may put you at more risk than you realize.
As such, adopting a handful of extra precautions around data security is a must, and that includes the following:
1) Make stronger passwords
This is the first rule of data security: Your password has to be as strong as possible, according to Technology Solved. What makes a strong password? It should be fairly long, making use of letters, numbers and symbols, and not something that could be easily guessed. Ideally, it's a 15-character password of totally random keys.
2) Use two-factor authentication wherever you can
If you have two devices with you at all times, it's good to make use of them for security purposes, Technology Solved advised. Two-factor authentication means that when you log into, say, Facebook, you first need to use a code sent to you via text in addition to using your email address and password. Use this for as many sites as you can to add an extra layer of security.
3) Don't save your payment data
It can be tempting to save your credit or debit card numbers on your devices to make online checkout a breeze, but it's not advisable, according to Executech. The reason why is simple: If you lose your device or it gets stolen, someone can theoretically log on and do some online shopping on your dime.
4) Update your software regularly
Software developers are constantly monitoring their offerings for weaknesses and bugs, including those that can compromise your data security, Executech warned. Consequently, whenever you are prompted to update a program or operating system, you would be wise to download that patch as soon as possible.
5) Read all messages carefully
Whether you get a text or an email encouraging you to click on a link, you need to be very careful, according to Silicon Republic. URLs, images and more can be very easily faked to look legitimate, but in reality direct you to a site trying to steal your login credentials or other information. Always verify that what you're clicking on is for real.
6) Don't leave your social media open to the public
As a simple matter of data security, increase the privacy settings on all social media platforms to the maximum those sites allow, Silicon Republic cautioned. That way, you can more closely control who sees information like your personal details or where you're going on your current trip.
7) Download new software protections
As a general rule, you want to build as many defenses for yourself as possible, and that means buying anti-virus and firewall software, Silicon Republic added. When you have that extra security, even if someone convinces you to download something you shouldn't or tries to intrude into your devices, you have more protection.
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