Top 8 Security Tips you can implement right now

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People use the internet each and every day and yet security and data breaches happen far to regularly. Today Jordan Williams talks about the top 8 security tips you can implement right now to bolster your security.

1. Protect your passwords

First off never give out your password via email or phone and especially don’t write it down or leave it near your computer.

Passphrases are easier to remember than passwords and more difficult to crack if you use sentences. “I love my IT guy” is a great example that is quite difficult to break and easy to remember.

It’s also important to not use passwords that are tied to something on your desk. For example if you have a picture of your dog on your desk, don’t use their name as a password. This is an easy way for malicious users to guess your password, and since it’s easy to simply increment a password when, it needs to be changed it means that a hacker can keep their access.

2. Keep your system up to date

It’s important to keep your software up to date. This is made easier as vendors push security updates all the time. Microsoft famously has their patch Tuesday and antivirus software companies usually have daily updates. If your system isn’t being updated then you will be vulnerable to the latest attacks.

3. Do not leave your computer unlocked

It is easy for an attacker to gain control of a company network from a single computer, once done it would appear that you are the malicious user. Afterwards you’d have your hands full trying to explain that it wasn’t you who launched the attack. There are 2 simple ways to lock your computer without closing any applications. First: Hit Ctrl+alt+del and click Lock this computer, secondly hit the “windows button+L.

4. Do not use the same password for everything

It’s inevitable that at least one of your passwords will get compromised in the next few years. If you don’t create different passwords it will mean that all your accounts will been compromised, even if only one truly is. That being the case make your passwords unique for different websites or use a password manager with a secure long password that only you now.

5. Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email

If an email’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. Double check the URL of the website the link takes you to. It’s important to remember that bad actors will often take advantage of spelling mistakes to direct you to harmful domains.

6. Internet Banking

Sensitive browsing, such as banking or shopping, should only be done on a device that belongs to you and on a network that you trust. If it’s: a friend’s phone, a public computer, or a cafe’s free WiFi it’s possible that your data could be copied or stolen.

7. Be careful what you share

If a criminal befriends you it’s easy for them to gain access to a shocking amount of information. This can be anything from: where you go to school, where you work or when you’re on vacation. All of this information could help them gain access to more valuable data.

8. Backup

It’s important to always keep a backup. Preferably password protected and in a secure location. This being just encase the worst happens and you do get hacked or are the victim of a ransomware attack

By obeying these principles you can increase your security dramatically. Can you think of anything else that you use to bolster your security? let us know below.

Jordan also recommends the book ‘Protect Yourself From Cyber Crime‘ which you can find on Amazon books. The book states that “close to 90% of cyber risk requires some form of human interaction. By implementing inexpensive behavioral changes, we can substantially lower the risk of becoming a victim to cyber crime. This short eBook discusses the simple steps almost anyone can take to lower the risk of becoming the next victim. No technical expertise required!”

 

Jordan Williams

A student with an array of computer security knowledge and several years of experience in the field of computer repairs and infrastructure.

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