The internet has become a room full of malicious links, viruses, and trojans. Data breaches are becoming more frequent, and unsuspicious users are more vulnerable than ever before. When one click can cost thousands, and even millions, users need actionable to-do’s that can help them stay alert and safe online. Here are a few recommended cyber security tips:
1. Clicking without Thinking Is Reckless
Just because you can click, doesn’t mean you should. Remember, it can cost you a hefty sum. Malicious links can do damage in several different ways, so be sure to inspect links and ensure they’re from trusted senders before clicking.
2. Stick to your own devices
Try to limit using another user’s device when possible. Never share your credentials with others, and never give anyone remote access to your computer.
3. Be aware of your surroundings
Keep an eye on your device. Lock it when you step away from your computer. And never leave sensitive or confidential items at your desk, like post-it notes with your password written on them or USB drives.
4. Keep track of your digital footprint
When you monitor your accounts, you can ensure you catch suspicious activity. Can you recall everywhere you have online accounts and what information is stored on them, like credit card numbers for easier payments? It’s important to keep track of your digital footprint, including social media, and to delete accounts you’re not using, while ensuring you set strong passwords (that you must change regularly).
5. Keep up with Updates
Software patches can be issued when security flaws are discovered. If you find these software update notifications to be annoying, you’re not alone. But you can consider them the lesser of two evils when weighing up rebooting your device versus putting yourself at risk for malware and other types of computer infection.
6. Connect Securely
Cyber security tips about this have been dished out by nearly every tech expert under the sun, but many still don’t follow this advice. You might be tempted to connect your device to an unsecured connection, but when you weigh the consequences, it’s not worth it. Only connect to private networks when possible, especially when handling sensitive information.
7. Secure Your Mobile Device
Security doesn’t end at your desktop. It’s important to get into the habit of securing your presence through your mobile device as well. Use strong passwords and biometric features, ensure you turn off your Bluetooth and don’t automatically connect to any public Wi-Fi, and download with caution.
8. Back Up Your Data
These days, storage doesn’t cost much. There’s no excuse not to have a backup of important data. Back it up on a physical location and on the cloud. Remember, malicious threats and hackers don’t always want to steal your data, but sometimes the end-goal is to encrypt or erase it. Back it up to have an ultimate recovery tool.
9. You’re not immune
The most harmful thought you can have is “it won’t happen to me,” or “I don’t visit unsafe websites.” Cyber criminals don’t discriminate in targeting all sorts of users. Be proactive. Not all mistakes can be undone with “ctrl + Z”.
10. Communicate Securely
Secure communication is not merely a tool or service of business, but something more than that. It is a guardian, an insurance of protection against both legal obligations and illegal activities. Without an integrated, encrypted and protective communication platform, there is no modern business. With app like Signal, you can get all of the benefits of open and easy business communication with the security of encryption, safety from unauthorized surveillance and the confidence of making your business safe.
Signal is primarily a secure and open source messaging app that replaces your Android phone or iPhone’s regular SMS app. Messages to and from other Signal users are sent over the internet and protected by very strong end-to-end encryption. Signal is almost transparent in use, which should make it easier to convince friends, family, and colleagues to use the app. In addition to text and SMS messaging, Signal also supports secure voice (VoIP) and video calls between users.
Signal is an open source software which means app’s source code has been made publicly available by its copyright holder so that app can be independently audited for errors and to ensure that it isn’t doing something it shouldn’t. Signal was fully independently audited in 2016 and was found to be cryptographically secure.
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