On any given day we find ourselves coming and going as we stick to schedules and meet the demands of daily life. Throughout the day we stay connected through our phones, tablets, PCs, watches and any number of other devices. We bounce between home, work, mobile and public networks with ease and often without even thinking about it.
Cyber Awareness For Home, Work & Play
If you could separate your life into 3 categories where time is spent it would probably be Home, Work, and Play. For today’s post, we’re going to look at some easy cybersecurity steps that you can take to protect your device and identity during daily life.
Cybersecurity Tips For The Home
With the average American spending over 10 hours of screen time per day, understanding simple cybersecurity principles is crucial. Afterall, you are your first line of defense against cybercrimes.
- Password Strength & Management – Most people have multiple online accounts, from social media sites and email to mobile banking and work accounts. The challenge of remembering all those passwords can lead to a “standard” password that you use for multiple sites. What happens when a hacker gains access to that password? All of your account are compromised. Create unique, strong passwords for each online account and if you’re nervous about forgetting them, use a Password Manager. Password Managers are an invaluable tool to protecting your accounts and information.
- Anti-Malware & Antivirus Software – Make sure your antivirus and malware software gets automatic updates. This will help keep your devices safe from new cyber threats. Also, take the time to review your software features. Depending on what you use your home network for, upgrading or purchasing additional software may be required to keep your family’s devices secure.
- Smart Devices – Our homes are going more and more digital with everything from thermostats and lightbulbs to washers and dryers. We can now sync our phones to various appliances and devices throughout our home. All of these devices have generic or default usernames and passwords.Change them immediately after the device is set up since they are typically public knowledge.
Cybersecurity Tips For Work
Everybody wants to do their best at work. Completing projects on time, communicating effectively, and performing job duties can mean the difference in earning that coveted promotion or getting a raise. No one want to be the person who causes or leaves the company vulnerable to a cyber threat. Following these steps will help you be more cybersecurity savvy while in the workplace.
- Report Incidents & Suspicious Activity – From phishing to vishing, successful scams and frauds typically have one thing in common, during the scam an employee didn’t report or question a request. Reporting suspicious behavior, emails, or upper management requests may seem trivial, but keeping your direct manager and IT informed of these events ensures a fast incident response.
- Respecting Clearance Levels – Businesses of all sizes restrict access to information and physical spaces. For example, only HR has access to sensitive personally identifiable information and there a specific policies in place to protect it. Also, access to data for certain work areas is limited to people who work in that specific department, for security reasons.Don’t let others use your credentials to access areas or information that they don’t have clearance to, and report it if a coworker asks you to do so.
- Know & Follow Company Policy – We’ve talked about a number of scams email compromise All too often, cyber criminals are able to steal from businesses because employees don’t know or follow company policy. Don’t be that employee. Understanding your company’s policies and procedures will not only protect your company’s assets but also your standing within the company.
Cybersecurity Tips For Public Wifi
From our favorite coffee shop to limited mobile network access, we all use public access wifi at some point. These hotspots are convenient for customers and can increase foot traffic for many businesses, but be wary when using them. Areas with public wifi access are a prime spot for cybercriminals. Take steps to protect your devices when using public wifi.
- Use a VPN – If you find yourself using public networks often, use a VPN (virtual private network). When you use a VPN you gain the security of a private network while using a public internet connection.
- Remember Your Device – Our phone may be always on us so it’s surprising how often they get left behind. Make sure your phone or tablet is protected by a password and set up the remote services so that you can find your phone and protect the information that is on it.
- Connecting Is Key – Check your wifi settings on your phone or mobile device. Some devices have an auto-connect feature which allows the device to search for and join networks automatically. It’s a convenient feature, but it leaves you open to attacks by criminals. The best practice is to manually go into your wifi settings and select the network you wish to join.
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