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7 Ways To Safeguard Passwords & Digital Assets

At Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., where we serve clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, our estate planning attorneys are well aware of the importance of protecting not only your digital legacy but also your privacy and financial security. Contact us today to learn more about this important aspect of estate planning and other ways to protect your assets, your future, and those you love most.

In today’s increasingly digital world, the security of your online presence has never been more critical or more at risk. Passwords and digital assets are the keys to online platforms, safeguarding your personal, financial, and professional information. Remember the following tips for digital security:

1. Identify and Avoid Phishing Attempts

Phishing attempts disguise themselves as legitimate communication so they can steal personal data undetected. Too often, such attempts are sophisticated enough to fool even vigilant, sophisticated targets. To safeguard against phishing attempts, it is imperative to always verify the source before clicking on links or providing information. Be skeptical of unsolicited requests, and use verified contact methods to confirm the legitimacy of any questionable communication.

2. Create Strong, Unique Passwords

Avoid using common words or phrases for passwords, and never reuse the same password across multiple accounts. Instead, use long passwords that include a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols, or consider using “passphrases”—sequences of multiple words that are easy to remember but difficult for hackers to guess. 

3. Update Those Passwords Regularly

A strong password is your first line of defense against unauthorized access. It should be a complex mix of letters, numbers, and special characters, avoiding predictable patterns or personal information. Regularly updating passwords and using a different password for each account greatly reduces the risk of compromise. Another secure option is to use a password manager app to generate and store strong, unique passwords for all your accounts.

4. Use Separate Email Accounts

Consider setting up one email address that you only use for sensitive transactions like online banking, communication with medical providers, and other crucial personal matters. Then, use a different general email for casual online signups, newsletters, and everyday communication. That way, if one of your email accounts gets hacked or compromised, your most private information stays sealed off from the other account. 

5. Be Cautious About Public WiFi

When you’re out and about, be very cautious about accessing any financial accounts or sensitive information over public WiFi networks. Public WiFi hotspots at coffee shops, airports, and other locations are convenient but are often not secure. Hackers can potentially intercept data sent over these networks to steal your login credentials or personal details. It’s best to avoid logging into your bank accounts, entering credit card numbers, or sharing private information while on public WiFi. Instead, wait until you’re back on a trusted, password-protected network at home before handling sensitive online activities.

6. Make Space for Only What You Need

It’s easy to accumulate a lot of different apps, online services, and account subscriptions over time without even realizing it. The spring is as good a time as any to review all the online accounts, apps, and services you signed up for and determine which ones you actually use regularly. For any apps or subscriptions you no longer need or want, be sure to cancel them and delete those accounts to close down potential entry points for cybercriminals. Cleaning up your unused online accounts is an important step in tightening your digital security and saving money, too!

7. Ask for Help with Technology as Gifts

If you’re a senior active on social media, consider asking tech-savvy family members for help in securing your accounts. Having someone from the younger generation lend their expertise will ensure your accounts stay secure. Don’t treat it like a chore though—make it an enjoyable bonding experience by tackling it together over homemade cookies.

Contact Our Experienced Digital Asset Protection Attorneys Now

At Surprenant & Beneski, our experienced estate planning attorneys understand the importance of protecting your digital legacy, as well as your physical and financial assets. As the digital landscape constantly evolves, it is vital to be proactive in safeguarding your digital assets and your passwords, the keys to your digital estate. Contact us today to discuss your best options and to feel the reassurance that comes from having consummate professionals protect your legacy.