Cybersecurity Tips With Juanita McDowell

Staying safe online is more important than ever these days. Juanita McDowell joined me recently to talk about some of the top tips for protecting yourself on the internet.

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Today I’m very excited to be joined by national trainer Juanita McDowell. Just about four years ago, I heard her speak about the importance of getting good, local, reliable information out to our databases through video. Really, I’m here today because of her.

I was just in a class with her for a few days receiving the e-pro designation, which is a designation through the National Association of Realtors that’s based on technology and with a heavy emphasis on data breaches and how we can protect our client’s information. I asked Juanita to join me to talk about three tips for maintaining good cybersecurity:

1. When you open an email, hover over the address and any links to avoid being taken to the wrong website. If the links or addresses don’t match up, don’t click them. Phishing emails are always a threat, so make sure you hover before you click.

2. Freeze your child’s credit by going to,, or Most kids don’t have credit, but that doesn’t mean their info isn’t vulnerable to getting stolen. You can ensure this won’t happen by freezing your child’s credit on the three websites listed above.

3. Avoid using free/public WiFi networks unless you have a VPN. If you’re in an airport or coffee shop, stay away from the “free” WiFi network unless you have a Virtual Private Network. Honestly, it’s a good idea to get a VPN anyways to encrypt and protect your information.

Thanks so much to Juanita for joining me to explain these tips. If you have any questions for her, you can reach her at (404) 401-6209 or send her an email to

If you have any other questions for me in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.