How to Keep Cyber Safe

Oct 28, 2021

In recognition of October being Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we've compiled some tips to help you stay cyber safe throughout the year.

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) announced that their overarching theme for this year's Cybersecurity Awareness Month is "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart." This theme aims to empower organizations and their members with the knowledge to protect their part of cyberspace. If everyone does their part, the world will be safer and more resilient. As the lines between our online and offline worlds become even more blurred, it's now more important than ever to do everything you can to keep you and your organization secure.

Here are some ways you can be cyber safe:

  • Make a long, unique password. Create a password that is at least 12 characters long and use a password manager to generate and store unique passwords.
  • Use Multi-Factor Authentication. A strong password isn't enough. Use MFA like biometrics, security keys, or one-time codes through an app on all accounts. This acts as an extra hurdle for fraudsters.
  • Update your software. Keeping your software up-to-date on all internet-connected devices reduces the risk of infection from ransomware and malware. If possible, set your devices to update automatically.
  • Think before you click. More than 90% of successful cyber-attacks start with a phishing email. Be wary of clicking any link or downloading anything from a stranger or that you weren't expecting.
  • Be wary of Wi-Fi hotspots. Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, making it easy for someone to see what you're doing on your devices when connected to them. Avoid logging into accounts like your email and financial services while connected to them. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more
    secure connection.
  • Configure your privacy settings. Every time you sign up for a new account, download an app, or get a new device, configure the privacy and security settings to your comfort level. You could be sharing your location even when you're not using the service and not even know it.

Learn more about how our cybersecurity keeps our clients safe, from our defense-in-depth cybersecurity structure, to our dedicated information security team, cybersecurity awareness education, and standard third-party patching.

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