Five Ways to Prevent Cybercrime

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Practicing good security habits at the office and at home can help employees continue to think about how to keep their information safe when online. As cyberattacks grow in frequency and sophistication, here are five ways to protect your data.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication is a security method that allows a user to present two pieces of evidence – your credentials – when logging in to an account. This best practice can be easily turned on using your settings menu.  We recommend enabling it on every system login that has it available. Some may see this as an inconvenience, but it is an important step to secure your accounts and information.

Protect Your Devices

We have computers, smart phones, gaming devices, tablets, and Internet of Things devices all now connecting to the Internet. Cybercriminals see these devices as easy ways to access your information. We recommend setting automatic updates on the devices so updating can become routine. In addition, all devices that are able to should have antivirus protection. Trends continues to rise with more types of viruses and malware targeting these devices. 

Stay Protected While Connected

Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection when traveling or out and about helps protect your privacy and data when connected to the Internet. You want to check the terms and conditions to make sure the VPN provider you are using is not storing or selling your data. Never enter sensitive information or passwords over public Wi-Fi.

Be Aware of App Permissions

Many people download apps or games that have crazy permission settings. These apps can cause a big threat to individuals’ privacy when they ask for friend’s lists, contact lists, locations, etc. A lot of information can be given away if app permissions are ignored. Read disclaimers to make sure you are not giving up privacy. Also remember that you can change app permissions in your security settings.

Beware of What you Share

People share a lot of information online, especially on social media. It is important to limit what you post. Disabling the geotagging feature in photos can help protect your privacy.