October is Cyber Security Month, and it is very important that all users take Cyber Security very seriously. The number of data breach incidents has increased exponentially, and is only going to continue to rise. The movement of data being stored and accessed electronically will continue and as such the number of devices we use to access it has also multiplied. Years ago we just went home and got on our desktop computers, turned them on, and dialed up the internet to access our information. Now we are ALWAYS connected with our phone, tablet, laptop, watch, and other home devices. Some of us even have 3-4 devices per person in the home. Below is a list of Security Keys that you should consider implementing to help keep your information safe.
- Use a Firewall – Windows firewall is ok but a stand-alone firewall will give you much better protection.
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
- Use an Antivirus – There are many on the market but you don’t have to buy one. This free one will work just as good as the rest.
AVG Free Antivirus 2015
- Use Malware Detection Scanners – These scanners help to protect you from malicious software that might get past antivirus. These usually coming in from the Internet through web sites or emails.
Spybot Search & Destroy
- Keep Up To Date – Take all your updates to Windows and all software on your computer. Make sure to update the definitions to your antivirus and the malware removal tools.
- Allow time to protect – Don’t just start up your computer, use it, and then shut it down. It takes time for the software to scan and keep you protected. Let the computer stay up and running and allow the updates to take and the software to scan your computer. If you don’t it will eventually fall behind and will be of no help to you.
- Don’t Use Outlook – Outlook is one of the weakest pieces of software that you can use. Please pick an alternate that will better protect you.
www.gmail.com - This is a good alternative to using outlook and you can check more than just gmail accounts.
Mozilla Thunderbird – This is a great alternative to Outlook if you want a non-online email client.
- Other Security Safeguards
- Use a strong password – I can’t say enough about this. Find a good way to manage your passwords.
- Backup Your Data – It is not if something will happen it is when. It WILL happen. Find a solution that you can afford and most of all that you will use.
- Do not buy anything from a site that is not secure!!!!
- Encrypt your mobile device (Laptop & Phone).