Cyber Security Awareness Month – Four Things You Can Do

My company sends a security newsletter around regularly. Last week’s newsletter had a bunch of Cyber Security Awareness Month tips, so I poached these things YOU can do. I know I always appreciate action items that will help a situation rather than just a bunch of “you should be aware” type stuff. So here we go, four things you can do to stay safe online:

  1. Think Before You Click: If a link looks a little off, think before you click. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware (or both).
  2. Update Your Software: If you see a software update notification, act promptly. Better yet, turn on automatic updates. (use the link to see the NYTimes guide to enabling automatic updates on all your devices)
  3. Use Strong Passwords: Use passwords that are long, unique, and randomly generated. Use a password manager to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts. Password managers encrypt the passwords, store them safely for you, keep them backed up online, and make them available almost anywhere you need them. (I use 1Password and love it … but LastPass or Dashlane are excellent alternatives)
  4. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication: Usernames and passwords are regularly hacked, stolen, and sold on the dark web. You need more than a password to protect your accounts. Enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked. (use the link to search for specific instructions on how to enable MFA for your account, application, or device)