Every day you read about major companies, or even law firms, getting hacked. Talk about some frustrating stuff! It’s even worse when it actually happens to you. Of course, with the increase of technological convenience comes greater cyber security risk. One of my personal favorite cyber security gurus and “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec recently provided insight for an article that outlined 10 safety hacks that are easy to implement if you aren’t already doing them. What are those 10 safety hacks? Continue reading…
Some of these seem pretty intuitive. Others perhaps not so much but are a good idea.
- Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all of your accounts.
- Cover internal laptop cameras.
- Don’t do any shopping or banking on public Wi-Fi networks.
- Ensure that websites are SSL secure (https instead of http) before making financial transactions online.
- Delete old, unused software applications and apps from your devices.
- Update your anti-virus software as soon as updates become available.
- Refresh your passwords every 30 days for all accounts and use unique passwords for each account.
- Update computer/mobile software regularly.
- Don’t click on unknown links or open unknown attachments.
- Change the manufacturer’s default passwords on all of your software.
One of my favorites is the “cover internal laptop cameras.” I personally used to get made fun of because I would place a sticky note over the top of my camera on my computer. I suppose it didn’t help that it was bright green (or hot pink) depending on what color sticky note I had handy so it drew attention until I was given a better one (a plastic slider made specifically for this purpose) at a networking event from Cox Business. Now it doesn’t seem so silly after all.
Another one that I know is important, but probably more difficult to do, is to “refresh your passwords every 30 days for all accounts and use unique passwords for each account.” Holy moly! Think of how many accounts have passwords these days? Literally every different system/app/website that you use requires a password! One LinkedIn user listed as a “Cyber Security Specialist” for a software company offered the solution of a program like LastPass. Apparently, according to this particular individual anyway, LastPass saves all of your passwords in a securely encrypted container on their servers and have many other built in safety features in the event of stolen or hacked data. This way all you have to know is one password and LastPass will do the rest. While surely there are other similar solutions out there, if you are interested, you can read more about LastPass on their How It Works page. Sounds pretty cool, right!?! It might help you break out of that password hell.
A little common sense plus adding in these 10 security hacks can go a long way! Do you have any security hacks to share? Have a favorite password protector that you use? Let us know in the comments!
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