Today in the 21st century, it is nearly impossible not to use technology on a daily basis. It has become a part of our daily lives, just like the simple task of brushing your teeth, locking your house and paying for travel insurance. All of these things you do to protect yourself and your assets. So why not protect yourself whilst using IT?
These security tips will help you get the most out of your IT, increase your productivity and ensure you are no longer vulnerable to computer attacks and data loss.
1. Update, Update, UPDATE!
Keeping your machine current with the latest updates, makes it less likely you will be subject to software vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Years ago it used to be good advice to wait for updates to settle, today you are far safer running updates rather than waiting. You simply want to update as to protect and avoid, rather than diagnose and resolve. You have been warned!
2. Backup, Backup, BACKUP!
Backing up your machine regularly can protect you from the unexpected. Keep a few months’ worth of backups and make sure the files can be retrieved if needed. Learn more about Code 42’s excellent product Crashplan.
3. Choose strong passwords
Choose strong passwords with letters, numbers, and special characters to create a mental image or an acronym that is easy for you to remember. Create a different password for each important account, and change passwords regularly. Password vaults help us remember the multitude of passwords we have to use in the modern age, but they become a vulnerability themselves.
4. Install AV and Security Software
Sophos is available as a free download for home users on Windows, Mac, and Linux. When installed, the software should be set to scan your files and update your virus definitions on a regular basis. Sophos also provide some excellent products for business. Endpoint protection software is an absolute minimum for any business.
5. Use desktop firewalls
Mac and Windows computers have basic desktop firewalls as part of their operating systems. When set up properly, these firewalls protect your computer.
6. Use email and the Internet safely
Ignore all unsolicited emails and be wary of attachments, links and forms in emails that come from people you don’t know. Never believe you have won the lottery online or can help somebody transfer funds internationally, but we all know this! Avoid untrustworthy, (often free) downloads from freeware or shareware sites
7. Use secure connections (https) and send email securely if it is sensitive.
When connected to the Internet, your data can be vulnerable while in transit. When emailing sensitive documents, try encrypting the message there are some great tools like Virtru
8. Protect sensitive data.
Reduce the risk of identity theft. Securely remove sensitive data files from your hard drive, which is also recommended when recycling or repurposing your computer. Use the encryption tools built into your operating system to protect sensitive files you need to retain.
9. Computer Security.
Don’t leave your computer in an unsecured area or unattended and logged on, especially in public places. The physical security of your machine is just as important as its technical security.
10. Most importantly, stay informed.
Stay current or ahead of the curve with the latest developments for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix systems. Your home security is equally as important as your corporate security. Protect your family by being safe online whilst using all devices!
If any of these points above are of interest to you, do not hesitate to let us know and we can advise you on the best solution.