10 Cyber Security Tips you should start applying right now

Cyber Security Tips

 

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With cyber risk becoming an executive- and board-level concern, it’s not enough to try to prevent attackers from gaining entry to your network. Advanced, persistent attackers can still get through even the most advanced defenses. Once they’re in, they have the arduous task of moving from their initial point of entry to their ultimate target. This is the time when attackers are most vulnerable—and where we, as defenders, have an opportunity to tip the balance in our favor. Good Cyber Security practice start at home. Keeping a safe environment is crucial, and doing preventive but simple things is something we should all do. After all, keeping yours, theirs and our data safe need to be not only a top priority but a daily habit. Below you’ll find some valuable tips that can help you get started.

Cyber Security Tip #1: The basics of safe online shopping

Online shopping safety: never do it from a device that isn’t yours or on a network you don’t own.

Your data could be copied and harvested by cybercriminals.

Make sure you’re the only one spending your money by:

  • Using a safe network
  • Employing strong passwords (password managers FTW!)
  • Being careful about which websites you shop at
  • Never saving your card details in an online account
  • Verifying your transactions weekly to make sure there’s nothing fishy going on.

Want more tips? Get them here: All the Actionable Tips You Need to Safely Shop Online.

 

Cyber Security Tip #2: Should you plug that in?

Careful on what you plug into your computer.

Never use a USB whose source you don’t know! It can be infected with malware that can even resist formatting.

Don’t let curiosity get the best of you.

 

Cyber Security Tip #3: Who’s that friend request from?

Facebook friends or foes?

Cybercriminals often create fake profiles to befriend you. The ultimate goal is to get you to leak confidential data to them (either about you or the company you work for). Be careful of the friend requests you accept.

Trust no Facebook friend (unless you know them in real life and you’re absolute, positively sure they can be trusted).

 

Cyber Security Tip #4: How to protect your passwords in real life

Who’s looking over your shoulder?

Did you know that bystanders or co-workers can steal your passwords only by peeking at what you’re typing?

This is especially true is your passwords are as easy as 123456 (please change them if it’s the case).

Look around and make sure everything’s safe before typing a password. Also: NEVER share your passwords. Ever.

 

Cyber Security Tip #5: You still need antivirus (yes, really)

Get protection for your connection!

Do a bit of research and choose an antivirus you trust.

Paid is better than free.

Antivirus is still very necessary, so don’t skip it.

How to do it: What Is the Best Antivirus for My PC? A Step-By-Step Research Guide..

 

Cyber Security Tip #6: Get your 2-FA on

Use 2-factor authentication everywhere you can.

Set it up to receive authentication codes via SMS or on an authenticator app.

How to do it: Check #8 for your priority accounts and come back to set it up. For Apple, Google, Facebook, and Instagram use the simple steps. Make sure you do it for all your accounts.

Moar layers = moar securiteh!

 

Cyber Security Tip #7: Keep it in check

Check your bank statements on a weekly basis (your online banking can help you do that easily).

Look for suspicious activity and, if any, alert your bank, change all passwords related to that account and make sure to activate every security measure available.

Financial malware lurks just around the corner.

 

Cyber Security Tip #8: Lock it up

Never leave your laptop/smartphone/tablet unlocked while you’re away.

Don’t make it so easy for anyone to get into your system.

Set up a password for your account asap (it’ll only take 2-3 minutes).

Cyber Security Tip #9: How to protect what matters

Prioritize your most sensitive accounts.

 

Here’s a quick list:

  • Email
  • Online banking / Paypal
  • Amazon / another e-commerce website you use
  • Any account where you’ve put in your card details
  • Any account that has sensitive info (social security number, address, phone no., etc.).
  • Secure them with strong passwords + two-factor authentication.

Make it as difficult as possible for anyone other than yourself to access them.

Be a cybersecurity ninja!

 

Cyber Security Tip #10: Cleaning out your closet

Here’s a tip that applies to both your wardrobe and your apps: if you haven’t used it in the past 6 months, it should go.

Clean out old apps you don’t use to get rid of vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can exploit.

Keep it fresh!

Bonus Tip? But don’t tell me you didn’t know this one 😊

Never, ever (ever, ever, ever!) reuse passwords!

And don’t think that choosing “password123” and “passwords1234” means you’re doing it right.

This is what a good password looks like (but don’t use this one): c.*%7(:wQ,28{T^7

Online password generator: https://identitysafe.norton.com/password-generator/

Check your passwords’ strength: https://howsecureismypassword.net/

And remember…

See Your Real Network. Know the Risk.

Map the paths attackers could take to your most important assets. Keep a pulse on how susceptible you are to an advanced cyber-attack.

 

 

2018-06-20T17:12:48+00:00