Keeping yourself cyber safe

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Updating your password on a laptop.

Protect yourself and your devices from cyber attacks by doing a better job of reducing your own risks and making yourself less of a target. Almost all of the vulnerabilities in a network are exploited through human error.

Kevin Mitnick, one of the most infamous hackers of all time, has said, “There is no Microsoft patch for stupidity or, rather, gullibility.”

 

Update your password

 

Confidential information

  • Don't engage in confidential cyber activity on unencrypted connections (coffee shop or the airport).
  • Save all of your banking and online bill payments for your encrypted home network.

 

Choose a password

 

If it seems too good to be true, it is

  • Don't plug in the thumb drive you find in a parking lot.
  • Don't click on the link to see your favourite celebrity in a compromising photo.
  • Don't click on links in e-mails that come to your inbox from unknown sources.

 

Cyber security tips

 

Share information carefully

  • Some official-looking e-mails you receive that look like they are from your service providers or your bank are fake.
  • Don't go to untrustworthy websites.
  • Don't post too much personal information on the web.
  • Be careful what you say and do in public cyberspace.

 

Choose a password

 

4 Secure all your devices

  • Use two-factor authentication where available, otherwise use strong passwords.
  • Use strong passwords – combine words or phrases, substitute letters for numbers or symbols.
  • Change your passwords often, use different passwords for different types of websites (banking vs Facebook) and don't share your passwords.
  • Always lock your devices and disconnect from the Internet when not using them.
  • Don't allow others to use your device, your access or share access with strangers.
  • Turn off the features and functions that are not being used. 
  • Only download apps from trusted sites, and be careful what features your apps can access. 

 

Update your password

What can you do to protect your security?

 

  • Keep your device settings up-to-date
  • Use an anti-virus software.
  • Use your firewall.
  • Back up your files regularly.
  • Download security updates and patches.

 

It takes time and effort to implement effective personal security protocols.  These are just some basic ways to make yourself a less attractive target.
 

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