For many individuals, the start of a new year is the perfect time to work on resolutions, improve habits, and get into shape. Are your security awareness practices in shape for the new year? Check out the tips below to help keep your computer secure.
Make a commitment to ensuring your accounts and devices are all protected by strong, unique passwords. Consider getting a password manager to help, which is software that can create, store, and sync login credentials.
Lock it when you leave it
When you leave your workstation, even if only for a few minutes, lock the workstation. Do the same with all smartphones and tablets. This action is incredibly simple yet incredibly important.
Implement Multi-factor Authentication
Even your strongest password won’t matter if it gets exposed in a data breach. For that reason, it’s vital to implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever it’s offered. MFA blocks
access to an account until you can provide an additional code, which is usually sent via a secondary communication method or authenticator application.
How many applications do you have installed on your smartphone? When was the last time you double-checked the privacy and security settings of those applications? Set up monthly calendar
reminders to delete any applications you don’t regularly use, and occasionally check privacy and security settings.
Take caution when clicking
You won’t get phished if you don’t click. Carefully inspect all messages and links before clicking.
Take control of your personal privacy by limiting what you share, reducing permissions within applications, and utilizing services that don’t build their business model around collecting information.