We use locks on our doors and windows, and take care to make sure that our homes and offices are secure. So why do we leave the virtual door wide open to security threats? There are things you may not even know you’re doing that make it ridiculously easy for your precious data to get stolen. Take steps to keep your devices safe at home and in the office by following these tips below.
Stay On Top Of Updates. Using old software leaves the door wide open for hackers and viruses to wreak havoc on your devices and data. Make sure that you always update your software on all your devices. Each software update comes with new and improved ways to protect against the latest security threats, so be sure you always click “yes” on that update. Tip: Set up your devices to automatically update the latest software.
Back Up Your Data. If you’ve ever lost your data to a computer crash or other hardware malfunction, you know what a nightmare it can be to recover it. Save yourself the headache and keep your data backed up always. There are many options for backing up your data, including flash drives, secure servers, external hard drives, and cloud storage. Find out which one is best for your home and/or office and be sure to back up often. Tip: Utilize multiple methods of backing up your data for maximum safety.
Manage Your Passwords Wisely. If all of your passwords look like some variation of “password123”, this one’s for you. When it comes to passwords, the longer and more complex it is, the better. Using variations of your name, birthdate, or other easy to guess words should be avoided. In addition to having strong passwords, it is also important that you update those passwords regularly. If you find yourself with an overwhelming amount of passwords to keep track of, enlist the help of an app such as Dashlane or Keeper to help you.
Vaccinate Your Devices. Using an anti-virus software should be mandatory in your home and at your workplace, and on all devices you use on a day-to-day basis. Make sure that all devices that are used in your home or office are equipped with up-to-date antivirus software. Also be conscious of what networks you are connecting to on the go and be sure that they are safe before connecting your devices and potentially sharing sensitive data. Tip: For peace of mind, set your antivirus software to install updates automatically.
Use Common Sense. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Use your common sense and instincts and always investigate any email, phone call, or other correspondence that seems questionable.
Navigating the world of cyber security can be daunting, but you can rest assured once you’ve done everything you can to protect yourself at home and at the office.