Our moms were actually pretty good at setting us up with good habits. Just like brushing our teeth everyday, or washing our hands before eating, we need to develop some good habits when it comes to our daily interaction with our technology, especially computing technology. We’d never dream of leaving our car unlocked, or leaving our bike unsecured on a busy street, so in just the same way, we should all be thinking about how to “lock the door” behind us on our trip through the digital world.
1. Create strong passwords
Try using different passwords for different accounts. Also, make sure your passwords are strong by including numbers and letters (upper and lower case). It is also important to update and change your passwords regularly. Lastly, never write down your passwords!
2. Secure mobile devices
Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are also at risk to viruses and hackers. Make sure you only download and install applications from trusted sources. Installing third party apps may put your mobile devices at risk. Make sure you also apply the password lock that is part of the security features on your phone, and turn off location services when you are not using them.
3. Protect your data
Consider encrypting your most sensitive documents. Most encryption tools are easy to apply to the document, and can make it harder for strangers to access them. Some of them even allow you to revoke access at a later time should you wish. For critical documents it’s also a good idea to store encrypted back-up copies in separate locations.
4. Use secure wireless networks for important tasks
Public wireless networks are more vulnerable and as a result put your computer at greater risk. Try and avoid conducting financial or corporate activities on these public networks, especially when you access sites that require you to login.
5. Install latest updates
Make sure your operating system and software are up to date by installing the latest updates from developers. Older outdated software are more vulnerable to attacks. Turning on automatic updates will also make sure you get the latest software immediately when it’s available.
6. Secure your computer with security software
Use a firewall and anti-virus software to protect your computer from hackers, viruses, and malware. Firewalls help to secure your connection and will help block hackers and malicious attacks. If your computer is infected with a virus or malware, anti-virus software can detect and remove the infected files.
Follow these tips to help protect your personal identity, personal and company’s sensitive information.
The key to combating cyber security threats is education, so share this list with your employees, colleagues, and friends!