An IT Professional on How to Stay Safe Online, Avoid Scams, & Keep Information Secure – Season 2, Ep. 3

Have you ever received a confusing text letting you know that a USPS package couldn’t be delivered? Or maybe you got an email plea requesting you send money to a stranded friend? Scams to access your computer, bank information, or credit cards increase around the holidays, and keeping your information secure in a digital age can be a challenge. 

In today’s episode, we are joined by Mike Kaluza, a seasoned IT professional and the president of Synergetic Technologies. With years of experience in the ever-evolving landscape of cyber security, Mike has dedicated his career to ensuring that businesses stay protected in the digital realm. 

In this conversation, Mike helps us open our eyes to the world of cyber security, shares how to  protect yourself online, and gives us best practices when using our various devices. If you own a smartphone, credit card, or computer, you won’t want to miss this one! 


Key Takeaways:

1) Start with an expert. This could be a knowledgeable family member or a team like Mike’s to help keep you secure and implement best practices. If something looks suspicious or you don’t know what to do, it’s always best to ask someone with expertise before you make a costly mistake. 

2) Use common sense. Beware of suspicious links and don’t just click anything that you receive via email or text. If it feels wrong, there’s a good chance it is! Remember, if you do click on a link that seems suspicious, the best course of action is to close it as quickly as possible. 

3) The human element is your greatest asset. If you receive something that doesn’t quite seem like the person supposedly sending it, listen to that instinct. We loved this reminder that there still is a strong human element in our digital world! In our personal life and in business, these personal relationships are often the greatest deterrent to fraud.  

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