Cyber attacks aren’t just restricted to businesses alone as individuals are often the prime target of hackers, as they are not equipped to defend themselves and lack budget to have experts protect them. As the first line of defense, to assist employees in defending themselves, here is a checklist to reduce vulnerabilities that attackers exploit.
Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our Nation's cybersecurity."
- Don’t click on the suspicious links or ads in emails that pretend to be coming from a known person or from your colleague.
- Change passwords on regular basis and do not use passwords that contain your personal information, like, date of birth. (choose a password with a combination of letters with upper &lower case, numbers, and special characters). Also, never have same password for all your online accounts (email, banking, social, and so on).
- Check if the firewall or antivirus is updated and run a system scan on regular intervals.
- Never directly open any incoming and outgoing files without running an anti-virus scans
- Never share your personal information across social networking sites.
- Never ever email your work information or sensitive files from your work email to your personal email.
- Keep Operating System (OS) updated with all the recommended software updates released. Don’t neglect these updates, as these updates fix the vulnerabilities in the OS.
- If you are a smartphone user, check meticulously the access permissions an application requests while installing.
- It is not suggested to directly connect plug and play electronic devices like USB or mobile charging to your office systems. In the case of personal systems scan the device to check if any malware exists and then use the device.
- It is advised to encrypt all your PC’s, laptops, mobile devices, USBs and so on to avoid any malware to exploit vulnerabilities.
- On regular intervals backup your key information in to secure cloud platforms as they are far better encrypted than your PC. This helps your recover vital date even if your system crashes or subjected to attack.
- Never miss to notice and consciously read the fineprint prior to filling out and share your own data to any website or while buying online.
- Check out local cyber legislation rules of your region and ensure that obey those regulations in your day-to-day internet activity.
- Use various authentication procedures for your computers and networks.
- Keep your cybersecurity insurance up-to-date.
Cybersecurity is no individual, government and a company responsibility. Battling cyberattacks are a collaborative work and all are equally responsible in fighting this. As a part of celebrating this cybersecurity month, lets become educated and educate people around us to fight the cyberwar winning the battle against cybercriminals.
(Learn about the cybersecurity readiness list to protect your business against hackers)