Cybersecurity Hotsheet – Best Tips and Practices

October 04, 2018

No matter how secure you think your files and servers are, everyone can be prone to a cyberattack—anyone can be a victim. October marks Cybersecurity Month, so what better time to share some tips and tricks for avoiding such an attack on your business or personal files and data:


  1. Practice good password management. Avoid common passwords, and be sure to incorporate uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Don’t use the same password for every site—keep a log of your passwords handy should you forget them.
  2. Back up your data to the cloud or another source in case you need to do a reset to a previous day or time. And similarly, make sure your anti-virus software is always up to date.
  3. Be careful with what you share online. Don’t give out highly-sensitive information unless you know it is a trusted source. Likewise, watch what you share on social media and be sure your privacy settings are set accordingly.
  4. Avoid phishing scams. We’ve discussed phishing before, so be wary of any e-mails that come from unknown senders, and always be leery of clicking links in an e-mail if you do not know who the sender is.
  5. Don’t leave your devices unattended. If you step away from your computer or other electronic device that stores personal information, make sure no one can access it in your absence.
  6. Remember to protect you cell phone, tablet, etc. Keep a PIN or password on all devices so that only you and authorized users have access.
  7. Use public Wi-Fi spots with care. While it may be convenient to hop on the Wi-Fi when you’re on the go, be conscious that the server may not be secure.
  8. Monitor your accounts for suspicious activity. Keep a close watch on online banking accounts for any unauthorized charges and logout of sensitive websites when you’re finishing browsing them.
  9. Enable (or asking your IT group to enable) two-step authentication. This will add an extra layer of security.
  10. Lastly, if you’re a business owner, teach safe online habits to your employees to keep your data safe from hackers and promote an environment that practices safe cyber habits.

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