A few proactive steps can help you improve your online security and there’s no better time to take action than Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Here are some tips to “Secure IT.”
Apply multi-factor authentication to your accounts. The best way to secure your accounts is two-factor authentication to verify a log in attempt with a phone or email address. The Verge explains how to set up two-factor authentication for online accounts.
Lock your devices when unattended. If you walk away from your desk, even for a brief moment, lock your computer. Leaving devices unlocked in a public place like leaving a car running with the doors open.
Use complicated, creative passwords and passphrases. Make it difficult for cyber thieves to access your accounts and personal information. Simple passwords are easy codes for them to crack.
Don’t take the bait. Phishing attempts involve strangers, or even what appear to be trusted institutions, asking for personal information by email or contacting mobile devices. Don’t fall for it. Reputable individuals and organizations will not contact you to ask for sensitive details. Links in unsolicited electronic correspondence also could have malicious intent. Don’t click.
For more information on how to stay safe online, visit: https://niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019#