June is National Internet Safety Month, but it’s also a traditional month for weddings.
Planning a wedding can be time-consuming, so it’s no surprise that brides-to-be are embracing technology as they prepare for their big day. According to a survey released by wedding planning site The Knot®, 62 percent of brides browse wedding gowns on their smartphones, and 51 percent research wedding vendors.
But keep online security in mind as you research vendors, create and manage a wedding website or online wedding registry, and make honeymoon travel arrangements. You may have several accounts set up to organize planning or spreadsheets such as a guest list stored in the cloud. You could even be planning a destination wedding far from your hometown. These online activities could put your information – and that of others, including family members or your wedding party – at risk.
Wedding websites and online announcements contain a large amount of information about you and your spouse-to-be, as well as family members and friends. Even social media activity can be risky, depending on your privacy settings.
Theft of your personal data can cast a shadow over your joyous event, but it doesn’t have to. There are some easy ways to keep your information better protected in the weeks leading up to your wedding, as well as on your honeymoon.
Cybersecurity risks to consider:
— A mobile device that’s not password-protected and chock-full of wedding details can be a gold mine for identity thieves.
— Easily-guessed or common passwords can provide identity thieves easy access to websites, as can using the same password for multiple sites.
— If you or your friends share bachelor or bachelorette party or wedding photos on social media, others may be able to see where the photos were taken and the names of everyone involved, depending on the poster’s privacy settings.
— Details and photos could be lost if they aren’t backed up to a secure cloud site or external hard drive.
— Public WiFi networks often aren’t secure and could jeopardize your information.
— Posting pictures while on your honeymoon could alert others that you’re traveling.
This week, we’ll be highlighting the steps you can take to better ensure your online security, whether you’re dress shopping, setting up your wedding website or registry or leaving on your honeymoon. These steps can keep the focus on your big day – not your personal information.
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