You go to great lengths to protect your company’s data from cybercriminals. We go to great lengths to protect your company’s data from cybercriminals. Still, encryption and firewalls are worthless if a legitimately logged-in user introduces a bug.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Every device connected to the internet is a potential entryway to the systems that you use every day. What do you do to mitigate the risk?
Cyber hygiene begins at home.
Think about how you interact with technology. If you’re like most people, you don’t even take the basic steps that we all know we should!
- Do you use complex passwords of at least 16 characters?
- Do you use the same password for more than 1 account?
- Do you share accounts with 1 or more other people (same login credentials)?
- Do you use the “remember me” features of some web browsers so you don’t have to log in each time?
- Do you ever log in to a protected system while using a public wifi connection?
Think about this: if an infected user logs in to your system, the infection can pass to your system and all of its users. Hackers and cyber terrorists use very sophisticated methods to access “protected” data from all types of organizations that you would expect to be well protected. We hear almost every day about big companies and governments getting hacked, compromising the “personal protected information” (PPI) of their customers and other users. You can probably list a dozen without having to think too hard!
The “Internet of Things” (IoT) represents a dream come true for those who would use PPI without authorization. Knowing that most people don’t practice “good cyber hygiene”, crooks have an endless stream of ways to steal PPI and other valuable information.
All is not lost, however. We can take steps to protect our own information, as well as the information and integrity of all of the systems that we use. Here’s a good starting place to learn about steps you can take right now to protect your home and business:
I saw this article in a cybersecurity trade magazine today, and I thought you’d minimally find it interesting. Maybe you’ll even learn something. I learned that I can use my wireless guest WiFi network to connect all of my home devices, and keep my main system safe!
Let me know if you’d be interested in participating in an online webinar on cybersecurity. With enough interest, I’ll invite a cybersecurity expert to share relevant, practical ideas about protecting all of the PPI and other private information that you’re responsible for.