No one is truly safe or secure in the digital world. We may think differently because we have software that promises to keep our information safe, or avoid clicking on links we aren’t sure we can trust. But the truth is that we are constantly vulnerable to unexpected attacks. With every new software update designed to strengthen the security of your device, hackers who learned to exploit the previous version are working towards being able to take advantage of the new one. It just takes one moment, one mistake for your information to become compromised. We’ve compiled some of our best tips on how to protect you and your business.
The dangers of the internet are plenty, but by having the right information there are a few ways that you can set yourself up for success.
- Update your security software, always keep your software current. New software means less kinks and more defenses
- In fact, set it to automatically update. Your computer, security software, applications, the works
- Protect your devices against viruses and malware
- Use your security software to scan your devices
- Unique accounts, especially ones with sensitive information should have unique passwords
- Take advantage of privacy and security settings on your accounts
- Be aware of the security settings on wifi hotspots and limit what you do while on unsecure networks
- When shopping online look for https:// the “s” adds an extra layer of security
- Back up any important documents
- Long strong passwords are your friends
Email Hacks and what you need to know
It’s important to remember that an email hack can happen to anyone, but that there are safety measures you can take to keep your information secure. New employees should receive proper training on security procedures and protective measures. Phishing and malicious links are by far the most popular methods of attacking people and companies. The first step to a secure inbox is to get hosted email that gives you advanced protection and detects ransomware or malware by scanning received files.
- Practicing the use of strong passwords
- Double check to make sure received files are safe, and from the sender
- Make sure the information isn’t accidentally being copied or sent to the wrong person
- Scroll over links received to make sure it is going to the page it says it is
- Check for odd spelling or grammatical errors in received emails to prevent falling for a phishing scam
- Never send money or click unverified files/links without opening a new email and contacting the person to verify legitimacy.
- If it looks suspicious, delete it.
Dangers of public devices and networks
Public computers and internet access points are used frequently by many people. However, the convenience of using a public computer comes with a serious risk to your data. Usernames, passwords, sensitive information can easily be taken by hackers when you’re on public networks or computers. It is important to follow safe practices when you must use these, or opt for secure devices/networks.
- Never save your usernames or passwords
- Use private browsing
- Try to use devices with security software when you can
- Avoid the use of sensitive information
- Never make financial or sensitive transactions
- Encrypt sensitive files