Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. Be aware and be engaged. Here are seven best practices to use daily to protect yourself from cyber attacks:
Keep your systems up-to-date with the latest anti-virus software
- Set up automatic updates, so anti-virus software checks for updates and scan your devices automatically.
- Reboot your systems often.
Use unique, complex passwords
- Do not reuse passwords for different accounts.
- Change passwords at least every 90 days.
- Use a password manager to store your passwords safely.
Use caution when engaging with email
- Do not click on or open emails with suspicious attachments or links.
- Do not send sensitive information via unencrypted emails.
ALWAYS secure your devices
- While at work, lock your computer when stepping away from your desk.
- Lock your devices when they are not in use.
- Don’t leave devices vulnerable to theft or misplacement.
Use secure connections
- Do not connect to public, unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
- Only connect to trusted, private networks, or VPN.
Use social media responsibly
- Be mindful of what you share on social media.
- Keep your personal information personal.
- Familiarize yourself with privacy settings and make them as secure as possible.
Enable 2-Factor Authentication
- Use 2-factor authentication whenever possible to keep your accounts more secure.
- It adds another layer of protection that verifies you as the user instead of an unauthorized user.