Without the proper digital protection, you’re more likely than ever to be vulnerable to scams and data breaches. As time goes on, malware becomes more advanced and so do the criminals and hackers who create it. Whether you’re an individual leasing a space or a business owner who uses office and warehouse software, it’s important to make sure your data is secure. What are some steps that you can take to keep your data and your computer systems safer?
The number one most simple tip for any individual with a computer: always have virus protection software and always keep it up to date. It’s not enough to just download a simple antivirus app like Avast or Norton and leave it sit dormant. With every update comes advanced protection for new types of malware, adware, and spyware that can infect your computer systems. And on top of keeping antivirus applications up to date, make sure your operating systems and other applications are updated as well.
There’s no question about this one: Make sure your wireless connection has a security code or password. If your wifi is open for anyone from the public to connect, it might as well be a pig with an apple in its mouth ready for the spit roast. By using an unprotected wireless connection you are leaving your devices, and their data, wide open for attacks and infiltration from anyone close enough to connect.
While we’re on the topic of passwords, it’s also important to note that you should never keep passwords stored on your devices. That means no e-sticky note or word document that lists all of your account passwords. If a file like that were to fall into the wrong hands all of your online accounts could be compromised. Diversify your passwords and make them longer phrases rather than single words.
And lastly, be sure to regularly backup all of your data in the case of a breach in security. If you do fall victim to a scam or malware attack, knowing that your data is at least safe in the cloud or on a separate physical backup can give you peace of mind.