Cybersecurity: Ins and Outs of Safe Computing

As technology and the capabilities of our devices continue to grow and evolve, so too does the importance of protecting our data and personal information. Safe computing, a combination of software and security settings and secure behaviors, is a concept that should be familiar to anyone operating a device. Understanding how to protect your devices while exercising behaviors to help ensure your data and devices are safe will give you an advantage when it comes to safe computing.

Cybercriminals are becoming savvier and finding new ways to exploit security weaknesses. It is imperative that users stay several steps ahead of hackers to avoid losing valuable and personal information. Let's take a closer look at some ways to apply safe computing practices in your everyday life.

Keep Up to Date on Your Updates

Keeping your laptop, computer, and other devices safe starts with regular updates. Installing regular updates and keeping devices current does not have to be difficult or time consuming. Devices can be configured to download and install critical updates automatically, eliminating the need for you to do it manually.

Additionally, all antivirus software should be current. This type of software helps ward off any viruses or other malware attacks that jeopardize your systems and data.

Lock Down Your Devices

It is well-known that protecting your devices with strong passwords can make or break a hacker's success. Passwords are the first line of defense when it comes to accessing devices and sensitive information. Best practices suggest that passwords include the following:

  • Complicated combinations. Consider using combinations of words or phrases that you will remember rather than just one word.
  • 15 or more characters. The longer your password is, the more difficult it is for a hacker to guess it.
  • A combination of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Less common words and number combinations, like "password" or "12345."

When leaving your device unattended in a public setting for any length of time, be sure to lock it down with password protection.

Always Use Caution

Sharing personal information and/or photos on social media sites is a cybercriminal's dream. Putting out information about where you live, where your kids go to school, or where you are vacationing allow hackers to gain insights about various parts of your life without having to do very much work. Keep sensitive information out of the public eye.

Similarly, be careful when opening email from individuals you don't know and when clicking on links that might appear suspicious. If you have doubts about the source, do not engage with the email attachment or link. Trust your instinct if you suspect something is amiss and simply avoid the risk.

Enlist the Support of Tech Experts

The AJTC team are experts in data and network security and can help your company protect sensitive and valuable information. We will work with you to create and implement solutions to best suit your business. Contact AJTC today to learn more about our managed services, hosted services, and customizable technology solutions. You may also visit AJTC here or call 708.942.8200.

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