The best way to prioritize and implement cybersecurity is to raise awareness. It may seem daunting to face all of the cybersecurity threats out on the internet, but with these ten simple tips, anyone can keep their devices safe.
1. Always Use A Password
Use a password for your computer, your phone, your Facebook, and any other technology gadgets or devices that you use regularly. The device should always stay locked when no one is using it, and the password should be strong with multiple characters and numbers usually something no one would guess and preferably a password that does not include dictionary words.
2. Don't Release Personal Information
Be careful when typing and sharing information such as your credit card information, your address, and your social security number. Never share with anyone you do not trust or know.
3. Be Careful What You Click
Be aware when opening emails from unknown and even known senders. Avoid clicking on links and attachments from unknown recipients. Always check to make sure the name in the email address matches the name of the recipient.
4. Invest In A VPN
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) will keep your devices running on a secure and encrypted network to hide your location which helps to prevent your online activities from being tracked and monitored by hackers. Virtual Private Networks will keep you safe from connecting to public WiFi and it reduces the probability of being hacked by using untrustworthy WiFi hotspots.
5. Keep Your Device Clean
Don’t wait until your computer is running so slow or very sluggish because you have stored hundreds of old and unused – downloads, documents, and applications – before you delete or uninstall these resources that you no longer need or use. Store your important documents properly and, if any malware somehow does end up in your downloads, it will be easier to spot.
6. Avoid Public WiFi
It is better to just work from your own home or office. However, if public Wi-Fi is unavoidable, use caution. It’s best to use a VPN or a personal router when you’re out in public, to avoid any malicious activity on an unprotected network.
7. Keep Software Updated
Make sure your antivirus software, VPN, and other important software are always up to date, to keep them working at their best to protect your devices.
8. Take Caution With Private Data
If you must share sensitive data on your device, take extra precautions such as encryption and a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
9. Restrict Privacy Permissions
Check your accounts on platforms, such as Google, and make sure they only have access to information that you feel comfortable sharing.
10. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
This process involves using another device, or account, to securely log into accounts. It may not be the most convenient step, but it’s always a good idea to keep unwanted people out.
These are the easiest, and best ways to protect your devices from anything on the web, that might have malicious intent. Keep yourself, your coworkers, and your employees safe by raising awareness of cybersecurity.