October is CYBER SECURITY MONTH here are some tips you can do to proctect yourself and your privacy:
1. Be smart about passwords. Use strong passwords with a combination of uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, and symbols. This will help you defend against hackers who make random and systematic guesses that are based on commonly used words
2.Update your software. Hackers exploit vulnerabilities that
are found in commonly used software such as your operating
system, office productivity software, and web browsers. To
prevent this, you should
Install all updates to your software programs, and set
them to automatically update, if that's possible.
Install anti-malware software on all computers. If you have
multiple networked computers, use software that provides
enterprise-level security and that manages updates
3.Block spam. It's essential to have a good spam blocker.
Spam is the most common path by which you can be
targeted for infection with a computer virus or social
engineering. (Social engineering is when criminals
psychologically manipulate people so that they divulge
4.Browse the Internet more securely. Verify that a web
page is legitimate before you enter any financial or personal information. For example, enter your bank's website addressmanually into your browser's address bar, rather than clicking a link to it in a questionable email, and make sure there aren'tany typos.
4Laptops, tablets, and phones are easily lost or stolen.A mobile device should never be the only location for any
set of important data. Any device that can be lost or misplaced should be encrypted. This precaution should include laptops.Use GPS and location features on your phone or tabletonly when you need to. It's true that this feature can bevery convenient for personalization. However, locationdata that is included with your status posts or picturescould give hackers additional information that they coulduse for social engineering.
5.Be vigilant when you use public computers
You should view every public computer as a security
risk. This includes public computers at airports or stores, or
computer labs that provide public access. These computers should already be in a "kiosk mode," in which data is not saved, but never assume that is the case.
If you must use a public computer
Never use one for financial transactions.
If you access email or social media, use the browser's
"private" mode, which doesn't store any information after
you close the browser. You can access this from the main
toolbar where you'd normally open a new tab or window.
Log out of all user accounts and close all open browser
windows when you're done.
6. In a public space, you also need to be particularly aware
of physical security.Don't leave the computer unattended with sensitive information on the screen.
Be aware of individuals who could look over your shoulder.
Avoid working on sensitive projects in a crowded area
such as on a bus.Never insert your devices or drives into a public computer..
7.Be cautious when you use public Wi-Fi
You should treat all public Wi-Fi networks as insecure.
This means you should Use public Wi-Fi networks only for nonessential Internetbrowsing.Never make financial or personal transactions over a
public network.Consider safer alternatives. See if you could talk to aperson via phone, or in person when he or she is available.
8.Social media is social (not "private")
Anything you post online is both permanent and
transmittable. Everything you do on a social media site
is also accessible by advertisers, and often may be more
publicly accessible than you realize.
9.Limit how much you share Personal details can be used to defraud, impersonate, or find you. Things you post online could also affect your future job, credit, or insurance application and might reflect badly on