By taking basic cybersecurity precautions, you can prevent most cyberattacks. Here are some basic things to do and not do:
1. Create different passwords for each account:
While it may seem like a lot of trouble remembering all your passwords, multiple accounts should never have the same password. If you use the same password over and over again, a cybercriminal has a much easier time accessing all your accounts. They only have to figure it out once.
|2. Create long passwords made up of letters, numbers, and other characters:|
Avoid using your pet’s name, your birthday, anniversary, phone number, or something else a hacker could easily figure out.
3. Never enter your password if you are connected to an Unsecured Public Network:
Cybercriminals are constantly trolling for passwords entered on public Wi-Fi networks.
4. Continually back up the data on your hard drive:
Also, make sure that it can easily be restored. The best backups mirror what’s stored on your server. This way nothing gets lost.
5. Never click on a link or open an attachment on an email from an unfamiliar sender:
You should even be careful when you know the sender, because their email could in fact be compromised.
6. When shopping online, make sure you verify the URL of the website before buying:
Also, check to see if the website is secure. You can do this by clicking on the padlock icon located in the toolbar.
7. Never tell anyone what your passwords are, even your coworkers:
If an emergency occurs and a coworker must access your computer in your absence, immediately change the password upon your return.
8. Never keep your passwords where they might be discovered:
If you can’t remember them, you can safely store them with 1Password or LastPass, both of which are secure password managers.
9. The operating systems and software programs on your computer and mobile devices must be kept up to date at all times:
We all agree that it can be a pain to shut down programs when you’re notified of an update. But because updates often contain vital security patches, it’s important that these be taken care of immediately.
10. Make sure your computer is locked each time you leave:
Even though your IT team can set it up so your computer locks after a certain period of time being idle, it helps if you make a habit of locking it yourself before stepping away.