Tip #1 – You are a target to hackers
Don’t ever say “It won’t happen to me”. We are all at risk and the stakes are high – to your personal and financial well-being.
Tip #2 – Keep software up to date
Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices:
Tip #3 – Avoid Phishing scams – beware of suspicious emails and phone calls
Phishing scams are a constant threat – using various social engineering ploys, cyber criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as your login ID and password, banking or credit card information.
Tip #4 – Practice good password management
We all have too many passwords to manage – and it’s easy to take short-cuts, like reuseing the same password. A password management program can help you to maintain strong unique passwords for all of your accounts. These programs can generate strong passwords for you, enter credentials automatically, and remind you to update your passwords periodically.
There are several online password management services that offer free versions, and KeePass is a free application for Mac and Windows.
Here are some general password tips to keep in mind:
Tip #5 – Be careful what you click
Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. These sites often host malware that will automatically, and often silently, compromise your computer.
If attachments or links in email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it.
Tip #6 – Never leave devices unattended
The physical security of your devices is just as important as their technical security.
Tip #7 – Protect sensitive data
Be aware of sensitive data that you come into contact with. In general:
Tip #8 – Use mobile devices safely
Considering how much we rely on our mobile devices, and how susceptible they are to attack, you’ll want to make sure you are protected:
Tip #9 – Install anti-virus protection
Only install an anti-virus program from a known and trusted source. Keep virus definitions, engines and software up to date to ensure your anti-virus program remains effective.
Tip #10 – Back up your data
Back up on a regular basis – if you are a victim of a security incident, the only guaranteed way to repair your computer is to erase and re-install the system.