Technology is complicated, fast-changing, and totally central to most of our lives. Take those three facts together and you have a recipe for potentially catastrophe if your device is hacked.

But just because it's hard to keep up with the changing advice on how to lock down all your gadgets and accounts, doesn't mean you can afford to simply throw up your hands in frustration, take a few haphazard precautions and hope for the best, however. With everything from bank details to your love notes at stake, it's better to be safe than sorry despite the confusion and hassle.

So what's the latest advice? For those who haven't done a thoughtful review of their security measures in a while, Lifehacker recently came out with the perfect checklist to help you get back on track. The site's rundown of the security basics everyone should be mindful of is a great overview of often overlooked measures we all should be taking, like:

1. Strengthen your phone's lock code.

"The default 4-digit PIN for iOS isn't the most secure. Head to the Settings app to add even just one more digit and your phone will be much more secure," Lifehacker reminds readers. Android fans, the same goes for you.

2. Back up your computer automatically.

"It's not as much of a pain as you might think," claims Lifehacker, so no excuses! The post goes on to offer links that explain how to set up a backup system with CrashPlan, using Windows' built-in tools, or Mac's Time Machine.

3. Encrypt sensitive information over email.

Have to send someone your social security or credit card number? For the love of all that's holy, don't just stick it in an email. "Encrypt files with one of these tools before sending them or use a service like super simple ProtonMail or encrypt your emails with PGP," instructs Lifehacker.

4. Use a password manager.

If your passwords are adequately secure, you'll never remember all of them. A password manager is the answer. "We compared the best password managers here, but also took a look at which password manager is the most secure," suggests Lifehacker helpfully. "You always have to weigh security and convenience, though, so just pick one that has the features you need," the post adds.

5. Review your permissions.

You know your favorite sites change their security settings like fashionistas change shoes, so you can't afford to stand still. Make reviewing your settings a regular habit, suggests the post, "or use a site like MyPermissions to clean up multiple services, including Google and Facebook."

Get tons more info by checking out the complete post.

Be honest, what grade would you give yourself when it comes to tech security?

Published on: Mar 31, 2016
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