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Tips for Staying Cyber Secure in 2017

Posted on 1/25/2017 9:53:48 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian
Category: Security & Compliance

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 2017 on the right note by following these security tips to stay safe:

  1. Secure Your Login Credentials: Make it a goal for 2017 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. See a previous blog post I wrote on password management.
  2. 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. 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.
  3. Back Up: Reliable backups are extremely important. Be sure to backup all of 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.
  4. 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.

These are just a few things you can do in 2017 to stay more secure. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Managed Security Services experts.