Top 5 Tips on Cyber Security

Keep a clean machine.

Keeping your internet-connected devices free from malware and infections makes the internet safer. Regularly scan your personal and office devices for viruses and spyware along with keeping your software up to date. For additional ways to protect your devices, please visit:

https://www.stopthinkconnect.org/campaigns/keep-a-clean-machine-campaign

Avoid oversharing online.

 It may be very exciting to share what you do at work with others. Remember your organization’s security standards and be careful what you say, especially in public settings. You never know who may be overhearing your conversations. Also, put away your work identification or badge when out in public and when using public transportation. For additional tips to keep safe online visit: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Social%20Media%20Guide_3.pdf

Protect your password.

Create a password with eight characters or more and a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, and do not make it easy to guess. Additionally, always opt to enable stronger authentication when available, especially for accounts with sensitive information including your email, medical files, or bank accounts. For more tips and tricks to protect your password, visit:

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Best%20Practices%20for%20Creating%20a%20Password.pdf

Stay protected while connected.

 Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot – like on an airplane or in an airport, hotel, or café – be sure to confirm the name of the network and login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. If devices on your network are compromised for any reason, or if hackers break through an encrypted firewall, someone could be eavesdropping on you—even in your own home on encrypted Wi-Fi. For more tips on secure Wi-Fi, visit https://preview.dhs.gov/be-cyber-smart/cyber-lessons

• Play hard to get when dealing with strangers.

 Cyber criminals will often offer a financial reward, threaten you if you do not engage, or claim that someone is in need of help. Do not fall for it! Keep your personal information as private as possible. Cyber criminals can also use social engineering with these details to try to manipulate you into skipping normal security protocols. For more information, please visit: https://preview.dhs.gov/be-cyber-smart