It’s important to know how to be safe online. These tips can help you safeguard your digital devices.

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Identity thieves, hackers and other criminals are constantly seeking ways to access personal information. Following safety practices while you’re online is important. It’s just as important to protect your computer, phone and other mobile devices. Smartphones often hold a wealth of personal data. These tips can help you guard your devices from both physical and electronic theft.

Know Where Your Devices Are

It’s important to keep your laptop, media player, phone and other electronics in a secure location. If your computer is in your room, lock the door when you aren’t home. Don’t leave your tablet or phone unattended. If you think a device is missing, contact campus security and your service provider right away.

Passwords Do Protect

Setting up strong passwords can help guard your information if your device is lost or stolen. For example, if your phone isn’t password-protected, anyone can access your bank account and credit card numbers.

You should choose a different password for each device. It’s best to avoid pets’ names, family birth dates and other information that someone who knows you might guess.

Guard Against Viruses

Wingate University has spam filters and firewalls. We also recommend, though, that you install anti-virus and anti-malware programs on your computer, smartphone and other devices.