Submitted by Jon Freeman
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Practice good online safety habits with the following tips and advice from National Cyber Security Alliance:
1. Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
2. Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
3. Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
4. Plug & scan: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
5. Lock down your login: Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device.
6. Unique account, unique password: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords.
7. Secure your devices: Use strong passphrases, passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out.
8. Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer. You can alternatively use a service like a password manager to keep track of your passwords.