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Protect all your digital files, including photos, music, videos, and financial records

As more and more of our lives go online, it has become extremely important to make sure that all our digital assets – document files, financial records, photos, videos, and music are safe from theft or loss.

 

Trend Micro is here to help with information, advice, and powerful security products so you can protect your digital assets whether they’re on your PC, Mac, or mobile device.

General Computer Security

  • Use reputable computer security technology and keep it up to date - Always install, update, and maintain firewalls and intrusion detection software
     
  • Use the latest web browsers and install security patches - If you use Microsoft Windows, enable the "Auto Update" feature
     
  • Use a website reputation service - This type of service can flag sites that might be harmful to your computer. For a quick check of a website’s safety, please visit our Site Safety Center
     
  • Beware of websites that require software installation - Always read license agreements carefully and cancel the installation process if other programs are going to be installed in addition to the one you want
     
  • Look for the lock icon - Only provide personal info on websites that display a lock icon at the bottom of your browser
     
  • To keep your emails safe use an antispam product - Most reputable computer security software has this feature – such as Trend Micro Titanium™ Internet Security
     
  • Be wary of unexpected or strange-looking emails - Never open attachments or click on links from these emails
     
  • Be alert when receiving emails that request account details – Also, never provide personal information to unsolicited requests
     
  • Download a free trial version of Trend Micro Titanium to proactively stop viruses and spyware before they reach your computer

We Are All Vulnerable


Mobile malware isn’t the only thing to worry about when you use a mobile device to go online. Cybercriminals are not just creating malicious apps disguised as legitimate ones, but including bad URLs that execute malicious routines. This makes browsing the web on your mobile device more dangerous than ever. Use these tips to stay safe:
 

  • Use security software for your phone - Just like computers, mobile phones can be hacked to gain access to your personal information. Use a security application – such as Trend Micro Mobile Security – to protect your personal information from being stolen
     
  • Use only official apps - Download from trusted sources, such as the developer’s website or from Google Play, to reduce the chances of you downloading a malicious app
     
  • Always check the permissions of each mobile app you download and install - If the app asks for permission to perform functions outside of its intended use, uninstall it immediately
     
  • Be aware of the signs of mobile phishing, such as altered URLs, fishy graphics, and typographical errors
     
  • Use GPS wisely - Make sure you share your physical location via GPS only with people you know
     
  • Talk to your children – Advise them about appropriate use of a cell phone
     
  • Be respectful when communicating with others by phone – whether by voice or text
     
  • Never use your phone to say anything about yourself that you wouldn’t want the world to know. Even if you communicate this to one person in private, once it is sent or posted, it is there forever
     
  • Never take, distribute, or store nude photos of anyone under 18 - You could be charged with child pornography, a serious crime

Mobile banking has become one of the most frequent smartphone user activities today. By 2017, more than 1 billion mobile subscribers—15% of all subscribers in the world—will be banking using their mobile devices.
 

Since mobile banking directly affects your finances, it’s smart to make sure that you and your mobile device are prepared and secure.
 

  • Use longer, more random passwords - Lengthier, more complicated passwords make it harder for cybercriminals to guess them
     
  • Never use your mobile device to visit suspicious sites, no matter how tempting - Cybercriminals will try to trick you into visiting malicious websites by using juicy news items or free gift offers as lure. This scheme is called social engineering
     
  • Refrain from clicking on links from suspicious mail and spam - These links could lead to malicious phishing websites designed to steal your personal information
     
  • Download and use official apps instead of using your browser - If your online transactions involve money, it’s best to use your bank or shop’s official mobile app

We’ve all relied on the “Remember Password” option offered by our Internet browsers at least once. Cybercriminals know that users love this option, and they’ve developed ways to steal your passwords through it.
 

  • Don’t reuse, reduce, and recycle when it comes to passwords
     
  • Make each password unique
     
  • Make your passwords long and complex
     
  • Enable two-step verification whenever available
     
  • Manage multiple passwords with a secure password management tool like Trend Micro DirectPass Manages website passwords and login IDs in one secure location, requiring you to remember just one password
     
  • Use a secure browser to access your accounts, especially when they require very sensitive information like online banking details
     
  • Get more tips in “How to Manage Your Online Passwords

Imagine having infinite, secure storage for your backup data at a reasonable price. These are just some of the reasons why people are moving their data to the cloud.

Cloud storage provides protection and allows you to share all of your digital files, photos, videos and music, allowing you to access your digital files on any web-enabled device. Here’s some tips for the best way to store you digital files online:
 

 

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