Top 10 Tips to stay cyber safe

1-Manage your Passwords

  • Don’t make them easy to guess – include special characters like $#@% and make them more than 8 characters, ideally 13 characters.
  • You can remember it – don’t print out passwords or leave them lying around – use a phrase rather than a word, and don’t save them in your browser
  • Lose one, lose all – Use  different password for each site: Tip – use a common base password and change it slightly for each site
  • Use a password manager – Myki is free for personal use

2-Use Multi-factor Authentication wherever you can

  • Install Google authenticator [or an alternative] on your mobile phone
  • Restrict who can access your account – Set up MFA on your email, linkedin and facebook

3-USB drives

  • Never assume it’s clean – Avoid plugging in thumb drives and hard drives to company computers
  • Change the way you transport data – Use online file sharing services like dropbox.com or sendspace.com instead

4-Emails

  • Not all links are safe – Check for suspicious links in emails
  • Never feed the phish – Never input your personal data unless you certain the site is genuine
  • Open Attachments only you sure about the source – Word and Excel sheets can have hidden malware
  • Less Spam, less problems – setup a filter, don’t let spam full your inbox

5-Leave you device securely

  • Lock it when you leave it –  wherever you leave your device, make sure its locked with a password – or ask your IT team to make it the default
  • Don’t make it too easy for bad guys – take care of your device anywhere other people can see your screen
  • Factory reset before you sell – or use a secure e-waste service

6-Avoid Free wireless public network

  • Free may actually cost more – your data can be captured when use free WIFI unless you use a VPN
  • You are in the same room with bad guy – even the wifi is secure, you never know if there are bad guys on same connection as you

7-Always keep up to date

  • Never disable the auto update – outdated OS and application are easier to attack
  • Update is more than just functionality – software updates fix security vulnerabilities

8-Always be mindful about security

  • Don’t save your credential or card details – let the browser remember data? Now hackers don’t have to get it from you!
  • Save time? It might have a cost! – you only save couple of minutes, but the risk is high
  • If you must save credentials – ask your IT team about secure password management tools

9-Social Engineering

  • Not everyone is who they claim to be – Be suspicious, question more!
  • If you not sure, just say no – better safe than sorry
  • Don’t be the helper – don’t be lured to do something harmful to yourself and your organization

10 – Anti-virus

  • A clean PC is quick, but risky! – install antivirus software on your device or ask your IT team