Top 10 tips to better secure your computer and network
We see more and more companies taking advantage of the opportunity to hire people to work remotely. While this is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the employer and employee, it can also create more opportunities for criminals to strike. Hackers can find vulnerabilities in remote systems and exploit it. According to a 2019 study, the average global data breach can cost up to $3.92 million. I wanted to share with you 10 tips to better secure your computer and network from hackers and safeguard your information.
It’s not a matter of if it’s going to happened, but when.
It’s our responsibility to protect not only our information, but to ensure we take every precaution to protect our clients as well. A recently read that 80% of hackers would say “humans are the most responsible for security breaches” -(Source: Thycotic.com). So, we always need to be aware and make sure everyone knows how to securely maintain your system.
Keep your software and systems updated
Many software programs and devices now have features to update themselves. * One of the easiest things you can do is to make sure that the automatic updating option is enabled
Watch out for phishing scams
“Phishing accounts for 90% of data breaches” – Retruster
Be on alert and avoid any emails or phone calls asking for passwords, credit cards, or social security number. Right now, be extra careful with scammers using the coronavirus as a way to get your attention.
Browsing the Internet
Due your due diligence. Avoid browsing unknown websites or downloading and installing software from an untrusted website.
Don’t PLUG in that device!
Avoid leaving your devices unattended and do not plug in to an unknown USB that might leave your system vulnerable
“35 percent of people never change their passwords” -a recent survey of 2,500 US consumers from PCMAG.
Remember to change your password regularly and use complex passwords such as paraphrase’s. * Avoid having a file with a list of your passwords and logins. * If you have an electronic file, use a password manager to securely store your passwords
Ensure that your system and network firewalls are enabled and updated at all times.
Invest in Antivirus
Many of us use the default anti-virus that comes with our system, but it is worth it to invest in a decent anti-virus software. This will save you from having issues in the future.
* Remember to always keep your software updated
Public Wi-Fi & VPN
When accessing public Wi-Fi, you can leave yourself vulnerable to others on the network who are trying to access your computer. Invest in or use the Free VPN software that encrypts your traffic.
Backup your data and systems
I cannot stress this point enough: Backup regularly and check your backups!
I’m always looking for other recommendations, comment away. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.