The Internet is a valuable tool. Employees are able to work in remote and home office settings and also stay productive on the road through the use of various applications and cloud-based services. Families are able to stay connected to loved ones far and near with the simple click of a mouse. It also provides an opportunity for criminals to easily gain access to critical information. Now, more than ever, it is important to stay safe online.
Various threats, including viruses, malicious software, and data breaches can compromise personal information and have devastating effects on individuals and businesses. While these threats can never be completely avoided there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being a victim of a cyber-criminal.
1. Amp up your password
Strong passwords are a cyber-thief’s greatest enemy. Be sure to use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols to make it more difficult. Never use a complete word; those are the easiest for hackers to guess. There are a variety of tools available online that will help generate random passwords for you to use. And be sure to use a different password for each website. If the same password is used for each place you login, it is much easier for a hacker to take over your identity online.
2. Set up two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication confirms your identity by sending a unique code to your phone or email to use before being able to login to a website. This improves security because the person trying to hack into your account would have to have access to both platforms to login successfully. While this does take extra time, it is definitely worth setting up to keep your account safe.
3. Keep up to date with system patches
Perform your computer or phone’s operating system update as soon as you are prompted to do so. These updates often fix bugs in the system and patch security flaws that can be exploited by malware.
Cyber-security is imperative to the protection of your personal information. For more information on how you can protect yourself from falling victim to the next security breach, read “Three Best Security Practices” on our blog and contact the security experts at ITSecurenow.