Did you know October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about cyber security and how you can protect your information from cyber-attacks, intrusions, and other attacks online that can compromise your data.
Create stronger passwords.
Do a check-up on your passwords and make sure you’re not using sensitive information such as birthday or loved ones’ names as your password. It is best to use a mixture of both lower and upper case lettering with numbers as most cyber-attacks use password generators to try and “brute force” their way into someone’s information.
Keep up to date with software.
Remember to always update your software whenever possible both on your laptop and mobile devices. These updates install patches that can help fix weaknesses in security as well as strengthen it.
Use security measures online.
Try to limit the personal information you post online through social media websites and always use the security settings offered by these websites. Facebook, Twitter, and other websites all allow you to make your profile as private or public as you see fit.
Be cautious of emails and other online messages.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to emails asking you for money or to click through to an unknown website is if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Phishing scams use links in emails and other online messages to steal your information and typically are found in emails. It is also good to have a good spam filter for all your incoming emails as well.