Online Security 101

Cyber security is paramount, and these days we practically live on the internet. You’ve probably felt the momentary sense of panic from going out of range and being unable to go online to check messages, post on social media, or even look up directions. The withdrawal symptoms are all too real. This dependency brings with it a lot of vulnerability. The internet has opened up so many opportunities for scammers, hackers, and identity thieves. It’s almost impossible to keep track of everything you have to secure.

So how can you navigate the internet safely? How can you protect yourself online? Below are a few tips from industry professionals who fix the problems caused by security breaches.

Secure all your devices

Make sure your home PC, tablet, and cell phone are all password protected. You should also consider turning on Two-Factor Authentication. But remember that this security is only as strong as the password you use- so never use the same password across multiple accounts, always follow password strength guidelines, and don’t share your passwords with anyone. 

Only give personal information on encrypted websites

Make sure the website is secure (https://) before filling out online forms or entering personal information such as phone numbers and addresses. Websites that use sensitive information (ex. banks, credit card companies) are legally required to have encryption, so be sure you look for that verbiage before entering your information.

Back up your files

This is the easiest yet most overlooked measure against data loss so we cannot stress it enough. Set up a schedule to back up your files regularly and make sure to store the backup in a separate hard drive so that it stays uncompromised. This is the best way to protect yourself against ransomware and data corruption due to technical glitches.

Update your software

Besides ensuring that you have the latest improvements and best version of your software, outdated software is the easiest to hack. Most software updates automatically anyway, it is well worth the time to do so.

Know how to recognize internet scams

As is always the case, knowledge is your best protection. You won’t fall prey to internet scams if you know how to spot them. One good resource is FTC Consumer Information. The Federal Trade Commission regularly posts updates on the most recent scam alerts. 

When in doubt, consult your local IT support before acting. We are available to help or to answer any questions you may have regarding internet security. Don’t hesitate to contact our technicians at Technology Solutions. We specialize in preventing problems before they occur. 

Learn more about preventing cyber attacks, and schedule an appointment with our account manager today to discuss our data management services so we can help you protect your network.