Cybersecurity has quickly become a primary concern and priority for people and businesses worldwide, with the internet and technology constantly changing. There is always a network or web hacker that strives to penetrate that protection to steal personal data and information.
We work hard to plan and protect our clients from the latest digital threats. Here are some tips that can help protect you:
#1. Keep your software up to date.
Regularly updating software on your computer (whether at home or in your office) is one
of the most straightforward ways to protect your cyber security.
Your operating system (Windows, Mac, etc.) manages all the functionality on your computer, so your operating system – or OS – can be an easy target for hackers and cyber threats. Because cyber threats constantly change, it is so pivotal to update your software regularly.
#2. Use strong passwords and use a password management tool.
While hacking is dangerous to your cybersecurity, hacking is often not that complex. Sometimes, the simplest (and most common) way a hacker can attack your cybersecurity is through your password.
One of the simplest methods to protect your cybersecurity is using a complex password: one that is random, has no ties to your personal life, and so strong that it can thwart a cyber attack.
Another way to protect your security is by using a password manager for your passwords. Some password managers can give you more tools to help you stay secure, like a security assessment on your entire list of passwords.
#3. Enable multi-factor authentication when possible.
Many websites and services allow you to use Multi-factor Authentication. In addition to entering your username and password, you will be prompted to provide a third piece of information.
This third piece of information can be sent to you via text message, or even better, use of an authentication app or hardware key. This third step can make access to your accounts even more difficult for an attacker, help you secure your data, and prevent many common types of attacks.
#4. Back up your data regularly.
Data loss can happen to anyone, primarily through software corruption, theft, and computer viruses.
Backing up your files is one of the best things for your cybersecurity. By doing this, you’re one step ahead of any cyber threats that might result in data loss.
If there is a case where you do lose your data, Prudential Associates has an amazing team and software that help you get your data back.
#5. Learn about phishing scams.
Put simply, phishing is a cyber attack that uses disguised emails (and sometimes phone calls or text messages) as a weapon. The attacker impersonates a trusted entity, like a bank or company, and tells them to click a link or download an attachment in their email.
Because phishing is so common, many people and businesses fall for it. The best way to shield yourself from a phishing scam is by learning about it.
People and businesses also need to consider internal awareness ideas and protect themselves from different cyberattacks. You also need to beef up your security defenses because there are times when traditional security tools are not enough for your cybersecurity.
Our team of security experts will work with you to help you strengthen your cybersecurity. Contact us today to help you with your computer protection needs.