Be safe online
September 25, 2023
John Whalen, Director-Information Security
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a time dedicated to highlighting the importance of online security. Take these four simple steps to protect yourself from cyberattacks.
- Multi-factor authentication (MFA): Enable MFA on your accounts to make it twice as tough for hackers to gain access to your accounts. It just takes a few minutes per account, and you only have to do it once.
- Use a password manager: Unique, complex passwords are hard to remember. A password manager keeps track of your passwords in a secure online vault and securely auto-fills your passwords when you log into a site. With a password manager, you only need to remember one master password – make sure it is:
Update your software right away: Set up your devices for automatic updates. Adopt the simple habit of doing software updates right away rather than procrastinating – and putting your data at risk. Spot phishing scams: A phishing scam happens when a cybercriminal sends you a fake email, direct message, text or even a pop-up ad to try to trick you into taking an action such as clicking a link, providing personal information, or making a payment. Phishing messages are cleverly disguised to look like real messages from a familiar company. Stop and think before acting. Here are some clues to help you spot a phishing attack.
- Complex – using upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols
- Long – at least 15 characters, making it much harder to crack
- Hard to guess – avoid real words or personal details like names, birthdays and pet names.
- Alarming “news” about an account
- Unexpected or odd-looking links and attachments
- Generic greeting that omits your name
- Poor grammar or misspellings
- Offers for free stuff of any kind
- Unprofessional language
Remember, online security is always a priority for your business, but being safe online also protects you and your family. Protect what matters by paying attention to cybersecurity basics.