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Why Does Online Security Matter?

Online Security matters to you because everyone is a target and hackers know that most users have limited or no experience with Online Security.  Here are a few steps you can take to better protect yourself.

Computer (PC) Security

PC security consists of having different user names and complex passwords, which means you have alpha, numeric and special characters with a minimum length of 8 characters long.  These passwords should be changed every 90 days.  Anti-virus protection with updated definitions checked periodically.  It will do you no good to have virus protection if updates are not being done.  Software updates and security patches to operating system, and different software you have loaded on your PC.   Hackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities to exploit your system. Limit who has access to your PC.   Makes sure and have password protected screen savers to come on after 10 min of inactivity.  If you are using a laptop is your hard drive encrypted in the event you lose it or someone steals it.  If your hard drive is encrypted personal information cannot be accessed.

Mobile Devices

Mobile devices ( such as Tablets, iPads, and smartphones). All mobile devices should have password protection enabled on them especially if business is being conducted on them.  Like PCs, you want to make sure all software is up to date as it poses a vulnerability the hacker can exploit if updates are not being done.  You also want to make sure you have the capability to do a remote wipe of your mobile device in the event you misplace it or it is stolen. This will erase all the information from the device.

Internet & Email Security

Internet security – limit where you are going on the internet.  Turn on your pop blocker, know the company and website where you are visiting.  

Best practice security habits for email is know who is sending you email. Never click on a link or an attachment from someone you do not know or if the email looks or seems funny. A good way to get a virus is through an email. Hackers have done such a great job of making the emails look legitimate they fool the best of us. These are called phishing emails.  So education and awareness is key here.  Once a virus/malware is loaded on the machine they can use it to steal information or worse use the infected machine to act likely the dummy machine and send out attacks to other areas of the network. Use extreme caution when surfing the internet. We are touching so many areas that we are not even aware of.

We hope you have a better understanding of what Online Security is and what it includes and some best practices. The last thing that we all want is a breach of our data knowing we could have prevented it had we taken the proper steps to secure our data.



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