Ben and I harp on this subject all the time, but keeping yourself “cyber safe” is something we can all do, and the New Year is a great time to remind yourself of ways to keep you and your information safe and secure. This guide from the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has four good tips to follow:
1. Turn on Multifactor Authentication – using a second step to log into an account, such as a text to your phone or entering a PIN can help stop scammers in their tracks.
2. Update Your Software – keeping your devices updated is very helpful to being safe. Scammers can take advantage of vulnerabilities in software, so the most recent version of a program is generally the most secure.
3. Think Before You Click – Does that email from a colleague look a little off? Or does that link require personal information? Remember to trust your instincts – if something seems fishy, don’t be afraid to stop (and give us a call if you need to!)
4. Use strong passwords – Did you know that the most common password is “password”? Keep yourself secure by using long and unique passwords, and store that information in a secure place, such as a password manager – or a physical notebook on your desk works too!