New Year’s Security Resolution

How can you strengthen your cybersecurity?

As 2018 comes to a close many people make New Year Resolutions. So today I’m going to ask you to include this on your list: Resolve to take time to make your online life safer.

Start by taking a piece of paper and make a list of all the Internet-connected devices in your home: Desktop and laptop computers — including those of your kids — modems and Wi-Fi routers, smart phones, connected TVs, smart speakers, surveillance cameras, baby monitors. Next, for devices like computers and smart phones, look at what applications are on them. Are there ones aren’t you using? Get rid of them, they’re a security risk. Of those that remain, are you updating them? If not, why not? Are the developers issuing security updates or is the software so old it’s no longer supported? Get rid of them, they are a security risk.

For other devices, like routers, is their software patched? Replace old devices that are no longer supported.
Then make a list of everything that has a password. Make sure the passwords aren’t easily guessable – like the word ‘password’ or 123456.

If a hacker’s target is a person, they’ll do some research. Which is why passwords directly related to your work – for example, that include the name of your company or your title – aren’t safe.

Two-factor authentication is where in addition to your password you get a number sent to you on a smart phone that also has to be entered when you login. Gmail has it, Facebook has it, your bank may have it. Investigate whether the sensitive sites you use have it, and enable it. Don’t have the second code sent to you by SMS text, use Google Authenticator or Authy.

How do you keep track of all those passwords? With a password manager. You might have one that comes with the antivirus or anti-malware suite already on your computer. There are versions for smart phones.


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While you make your New Year’s Resolutions for your personal or professional life take a minute to look into how you could improve your cybersecurity in both of those areas. There are a few tips below that can help make your devices a bit more secure. Contact CITON today for more information on securing your data. (218) 720-4435.