In this day and age of working remotely and using the internet to keep connected, cyber security is of growing importance. Here are a couple of tips to keep yourself and your company safe from hackers.
- Use strong passwords. Your passwords should be unique for every account and should be made of a long string of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. You could also try a Passphrase, which is a sentence or phrase you can remember that does not include personal information.
- Use a VPN. A VPN encrypts all of your internet traffic, so that it is unreadable to anyone who tries to intercept it.
- Use secure Wi-Fi and be cautious when using unsecured public Wi-Fi, especially for secure reasons such as work or online banking. You should make sure your own home Wi-Fi has a password setup as well.
- Look out for phishing emails and sites. Phishing, as well as voicemails (vishing) and text messages (smishing) are used by cybercriminals to “phish” for information. To spot a phishing email, check the sender’s email address for spelling errors and look for poor grammar in the subject line and email body. Hover over links to see the URL and don’t click links or attachments unless you trust the sender 100 percent.
Taking these security precautions can help you better avoid security breaches and keep your personal and work data protected.