#1. You are a target to hackers
Don’t ever say, “It wont happen to me.” We are all at risk and the stakes are very high. That being both for your personal, financial well-being and your business’ reputation. Cyber-security is everyone’s responsibility.
#2. Keep your software updated
Installing software updates for your operating system and applications is critical. Always install the latest security updates and patches for your PC’s, Laptop and mobile devices.
- Always update your machine as frequently as possible
- Use Web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox which receive frequirent and automatic security updates
- Make sure to keep browser extensionss and other applications up to date.
#3. Avoid email phishing scams - beware of suspicious emails and phone calls
Phishing scams are a constant threat, they use various social engineering ploys and cyber-criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as, banking, credeit card information or login ID and passwords.
- Phishing scams can be carried out by phone, text and social media sites (Facebook, Instagram) but most commonly through email.
- Always be wary and suspicious of any “official looking” email message or phone calls that ask for personal or financial information.
#4. Be careful what you click
Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. These sites usually host malware that will automatically install and compromise your computer and it’s data. If attachments or links in the email attached are deem to be suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it.
#5. Practice good password management
We all have way too many passwords to manage and it’s easy to take shortcuts, by re-using the same password for the multiple accounts you access. Though, this will expose you to a major vulnerability. If one hacker accesses one account, they will be able to access the multiple with the same password. A password manage can help you maintain strong unique passwords for all your accounts. These applications can generate strong passwords for you and enter the credentials automatically without a single keystroke. Plus to add they will remind you to update your passwords periodically.
#6. Never leave devices unattended
The physical security of your devices is just as important as their technical security.
- If you need to leave your laptop or mobile device – lock it up so no one else can use it.
- If you keep protected data on a USB drive or External USB drive, make sure they are encrypted and locked up as well.
- For desktop computers, lock your screen or shutdown the system when not in use.
#7. Use mobile devices safely
Considering how much we use and rely on our mobile devices, they are susceptible to attacks and you’ll want to make sure you are protected.
- Lock your device with a PIN or Password and never leave it unprotected in public
- Only install apps from trusted source (Apple AppStore, Google Play)
- Keep the mobile device’s operating system up-to-date
- Don’t click on links or attachments from unsolicited emails or texts
Only install these applications from a known trusted source. Keep virus definitions, engines and software up-to-date to ensure your anti-virus and anti-malware applications remain effective.
#9. Secure your router
Believe it or not, a security breach or any other security even can occur by simply hitting the reset button on your network router. So, if your router is in an open or common locationin your office, maybe consider moving it to a more secure location, such as a locked room or closet.
#10. Back up your data
Backup regulary! If you are ever a victim of a security incident, the best and only guaranteed way to repair your computer and recover your data is to re-install the operating system and restore your data from your secured and encrypted backups.