June 27, 2019
Here is a short list of things you can do daily to protect yourself, your business, and your family in the ever-expanding realm of internet security.
- Run updates. Updates almost always include security fixes and patches from vendors. As annoying as they can be, they are very important to maintain both your equipment and your security.
- Use difficult passwords. Just because it is your home computer or personal email account, it does not mean that attackers will pass you by. Information that can be accessed is information that can be stolen.
- Be cautious with email. Email and email attachments are still the most effective method to infect a machine or spread an infection. If you have an email or attachment from someone that you are not expecting, it is much safer to just delete the message than risk finding out the hard way.
- Avoid public Wi-Fi. With great convenience comes an even greater risk. Public Wi-Fi is often targeted due to the number of people and devices that can be accessed each day. If you are using public Wi-Fi, be cautious when browsing social media or visiting shopping sites.
- Anti-Virus. Most Windows computers come with some form of free anti-virus protection, but quality can vary dramatically. There are a lot of good options (both free and inexpensive) out there. Research your options and ensure you have some form of scanning protection running regularly.
- Disable GPS. When possible, (or if unnecessary), disable GPS and refrain from checking in constantly. Your GPS location can easily be tracked on several social media accounts. Also, checking in frequently can allow an attacker or thief to predict your movements and plan break-ins or other personal attacks.
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