New Year means New Year’s Resolutions, i.e. a fresh start to do something new or another chance to break old habits and make new habits. The start of the new year also makes it the perfect time to learn and practice new cyber security habits to ensure a safe and uninterrupted year of reaching your goals.
With our four-part blog series, New Year, New Cyber Security Habits, we will be giving you tips to help you create and improve your cyber security habits, keeping you protected and productive all year long.
Part 1: Where to Start?
In order to put cyber security habits into practice, you need to have a starting point, so without further ado, let’s get started.
Think Before You Click!
First and foremost, think before you click on anything. Be careful of any suspicious links that may appear in an email, on social media or on a website. These links tend to be loaded with malware or viruses that ends up wreaking havoc your computer or phone when clicked on.
It Sounds Too Good to Be True!
Just like how suspicious links can lead to the unleashing of malware or a virus, an email with an insanely good offer that requires you to click on a link or fill out your personal information is probably a scam as well. Good rule of thumb, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!
Don’t Use the Wi-Fi!
Often you may find yourself at a cafe or a store or some other place that offers free Wi-Fi. Sounds safe enough, right? Well consider the fact that it may be UNSECURED public Wi-Fi, it isn’t as harmless you may think. So, what exactly does this mean to you?
This means you shouldn’t use it! Unless you absolutely need to, using unsecured public Wi-Fi puts your data at risk for being hacked and stolen! Our advice? Steer clear of using public Wi-Fi unless you know for sure that it has security protection; you just never know the intention of others especially with Wi-Fi being so accessible to everyone.
Have a Backup or Two or Three!
When it comes to cybersecurity, you can never have too much backup of your data. That being said, you should already have an additional place where all you save all your data, documents and other digital files as a backup, so in the event that you do end up being hacked, you still have all your data securely stored somewhere else. Regularly backing up your data is a great proactive way to take preventative measure against data loss.
Encryption is Key!
There is value in having your data encrypted. If you do get hacked the hacker would have a difficult time of getting your data. And if any of your devices were to be stolen it would give you an extra layer of security before remote wiping the device.
Don’t think you aren’t a target. Anyone can be hacked, have data stolen, get malware or get a virus. You need to take measures to prevent it from happening.
Wow, so many useful and helpful tips to keep good cyber security habits! In Part Two of our New Year, New Cyber Security Habits series, we’ll be exploring what you can do to keep your passwords safe.