As we celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month here are five things you can do to stay safer and more secure online:
1. Change your PasswordA good strong password is the root of all good security. According to the traditional advice — which is still good — a strong password:
- Has 12 Characters, Minimum. A longer password is even better.
- Includes Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters
- Isn’t a Dictionary Word or Combination of Dictionary Words
- Doesn’t Rely on Obvious Substitutions. For example, “H0use” isn’t strong just because you’ve replaced an o with a 0.
2. Make sure your Mobile Devices are secure
- Update or change your passcode.
- Update your OS and Apps.
- Activate the ability to locate your device.
3. Run a virus scan
4. Update your Operating System and other applications
- Set aside time to install updates. even if they require you restart your computer. If you haven't updated in a while, you may need to run updates and restart a few times.
- Make sure that your various applications, including your web browsers, are running the most current versions.
- Don’t forget to also update your web plugins (i.e. media players like Adobe Flash and file viewers like Acrobat Reader.
5. Make sure that you have a backup strategy in place and are backing up regularly.
Check out Tips for Backups for L&C specific advice.