9 Cyber Security Tips to Avoid Exposing Your Data

cyber-security-tipsSo much of our personal information is stored in our devices these days. Simply browsing online or enabling certain settings on your smartphone may leave you vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Leaders at the Forbes Technology Council recently shared the following tips on what to be aware of and what to change in order to boost your cyber security and better protect your data, both online and off:

9 Cyber Security Tips

  1. Apple iCloud Restores
    iCloud backups are not encrypted end-to-end. Because Apple encrypts your iCloud backups, it can also decrypt your backups. Prefer not to expose your backup data to Apple? Disable iCloud backups and encrypt iTunes backups locally instead.
  1. Wi-Fi Hotspots
    Wi-Fi hotspots are convenient, but many are easy to hack. Plus, it’s even easier to set up a fake hotspot. Even if a Wi-Fi network looks legitimate, use a VPN whenever and however you connect to keep your data safe from prying eyes.
  1. Unread Terms and Conditions
    While you may not care about giving certain companies access to some of your sensitive data, you should care about questionable parties obtaining it via cyber attack. Make sure you read the Terms & Conditions when you subscribe to a service, and try to monitor news about these services.
  1. Two-Factor Authentication
    Be sure to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on every site that offers it. It’s also a good idea to enable 2FA on your smart devices when available.
  1. Unencrypted Media
    Prevent thieves from accessing the data on your lost or stolen laptop. On a Mac, turn on FileVault to require a password to access your encrypted disk. Many Windows PCs have at-rest data encryption by default, but consider using BitLocker for securing removable media like USB thumb drives.
  1. Wireless Mice and Keyboards
    A broad set of wireless devices sold by top vendors are subject to “mousejacking.” This allows someone within about a football field’s range away to take over a computer. Employees in sensitive industries such as healthcare or finance may want to stick to wired keyboards and mice.
  1. Outdated Software
    Enable automatic updating for phone operating systems and applications to avoid damage that could be caused by hackers exploiting out-of-date software.
  1. Phishing Emails
    Some tips for avoiding phishing emails include 1) checking the sender’s email address and verifying the domain, 2) letting colleagues know if you’ve spotted a potential phishing email, and 3) always reviewing the context of the email before clicking anything.
  1. Human Error
    Often, human-related vulnerabilities are the biggest security issues. For example, an unwitting participant might accidentally download malware to their device. It’s important to provide staff training on IT security best practices in order to prevent breaches caused by human error.

Playing Defense

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(19 Apr 2019). 9 Cyber Security Issues That Could Be Leaving Your Data Vulnerable To Attacks. Forbes.

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