Holiday gifts to protect your tech

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - There are plenty of new devices on the market that might make great holiday gifts for those special people in your life who have multiple electronic devices and need some help protecting them from cyber scammers and spammers.

WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton has some tech toys and protection strategies for the holidays. Her advice follows:

1. Backup Your Phone/Tablet/Computer: Now you have cool, fun, and on the go ways to back up those devices. What if backing up your information were as easy as plugging something into them? Worth checking out the stylish, functional, and even fun ways to back up your info. Look into the latest flash drives that have been created to plug into smart phones and tablets. There are lots of options so do your homework to find the right one for you. You can also use online back up services. If you feel that you are storing very sensitive information, look at IronKey. You can easily password protect the flash drive and it will "self destruct" with too many failed attempts.

2. Password manager: Passwords are an annoying but daily part of our lives. The advice is: unique and complex passwords. Now you have some help that's cool to use and quite affordable. Try YubiKey's USB-fitted NEO device - the NEO creates and stores one-time passcodes for multiple sites. Great to use on phones, tablets, and laptops.

3. Charging on the go: Cybercriminals can hack into charging stations in public places and infect your devices with malware. But what are you supposed to do if your phone needs juice? Have stylish charging on the go that you can trust.

There are lots of options from charging blocks to small chargers that can fit on your key chain. Some options can be found here.

4. Monitoring loved ones: Try apps such as Glympse or contact your service provider. Many times these apps aren't "spying" apps but a fun and easy way to share your location with a pre-approved group of people. Some Carrier Apps that you may want to check out are: AT&T FamilyMap, Sprint Family Connector, Verizon FamilyBase and T-Mobile FamilyWhere

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