January 3, 2019
5 Cyber Security Resolutions for 2019
The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the past and create new habits. You may be thinking about starting a new diet or exercise plan, but what about rethinking cyber security? Creating healthy cyber habits can protect your information from hackers and prevent fraud. Here are five easy cyber security resolutions for the New Year!
- Clean out old passwords – The New Year is a great time to go through all your accounts and reset old passwords. Make sure you pick a different password for each account; keep each password complex but easy to remember. Incorporating numbers and symbols increases security as well. If you chose to store your passwords, keep them offline in a secure place like a safe.
- Install Dual-Factor authentication – Go the extra mile with account security by setting up Dual-Factor authentication. Most websites have this option available to users. Establish a physical device, such as your phone, to act as a token required with your password to login. Next time you log into the account you will be asked to authenticate your identity with the secondary devices. This adds an extra layer of security and keeps account hackers away!
- Watch out for email scams – Email scams are still the number one way personal computers get hacked. Only open emails from people you know. If you receive an attachment you are not expecting from someone you know, email the sender to confirm the attachment is legitimate. You must be extra careful with email because if your account gets hacked, so can everyone’s in your address book! Other personal accounts that are hooked up to your email, bank account, social media etc., are also vulnerable in an email hack.
- Update your software – The New Year is a great time to go through your devices and make sure their software is up to date. For cell phones, tablets and computers, these updates close security holes in their systems and applications.
- Validate Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates – Set your browser to determine the validity of SSL certificates from the websites you visit. This setting will help you understand the security of each website and whether the information on the site like credit cards, addresses and birthdays in encrypted during transit. A closed lock next to the website URL means that the site is SSL certified, while an open lock means that it is not.
Preventing cyber security attacks may seem like a daunting task, but these five New Years resolutions are easy and effective. Integrating them into your 2019 cyber-hygiene routine will help prevent attacks and keep your information safe. Klett Consulting Group, Inc. wishes you a happy and secure 2019! Follow us on social media for more cyber security advice, and message us with any questions.