5 Tips for Staying Cyber Secure in 2019
When January approaches, everyone begins thinking about getting fit, saving more money, spending more time with family and a laundry list of other New Year’s resolutions. The world continues to get more technology and social media-focused, and it’s important that as we get more connected we must also stay safe.
Start off 2019 on the right note by following these security tips to stay safe:
- Secure Your Login Credentials: Make it a goal for 2019 to lock down your login information. If available, utilize the strongest authentication tools available, such as security keys or two-factor authentication. It’s also vital that you have strong usernames and passwords for your different banking, credit cards or other sites with your personal information. According to a recent study, by 2020 the number of passwords used by people and machines worldwide is estimated to grow to 300 billion. Remembering all that data is no easy feat, luckily there are tools out there that can help you manage your passwords and keep your information secure. See a previous blog post I wrote on password management.
- Be Cautious with Personal Information: Just like you are careful with your financial information, it’s important to protect your personal information and how it’s collected by apps and websites. A recent survey stated that 91% of cyberattacks begin with a spear phishing email, which is commonly used to infect organizations with ransomware. If you don’t feel comfortable with sharing too much, limit how and with whom you share your sensitive information. Always ask ‘why do they need to know’ if someone requests your information.
- Back Up: Reliable backups are extremely important. Be sure to backup all your data and secure information to ensure you don’t lose your files. Your organization should also practice backing up company data. Without a proven, tested backup, your organization can be in very deep trouble. This is especially important with the rise of ransomware.
- Install Malware Protection: If hackers manage to install malware on your businesses computer network, they may be able to steal sensitive information about your customers and employees. Installing anti-malware software and endpoint protection will monitor your network for any abnormal activity and help prevent attacks.
- Update Your Devices: Mobile devices, applications, MS Windows and network equipment should be updated frequently. Make your life easier when possible and set auto updates so you don’t have to worry about manually updating.
January is certainly the time for resolutions and starting the New Year off on the right note. With a little forward thinking, businesses can limit their vulnerability to attacks and stay secure. Use these tips to promote a healthy cyber security culture at your organization.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your organization’s security posture, Winxnet is here to help. Schedule a call with an expert today.