National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Becoming a Pro at being Proactive
The first step to becoming a Pro at being Proactive during Cybersecurity month is “Owning It.” The internet is all around us, and we are constantly using technology whether it be at work, school, on the go, or within the comfort of our own homes. As time goes on, our world continues to evolve and new devices are introduced that allow us to stay connected and informed. These internet based devices offer great value to our lives, but if not properly protected, potential cyber threats could emerge. This is why remaining proactive is key to combating cybercriminals, and why as an active internet user you must “Own It” to defend yourself against cyber hackers.
Have you ever heard the expression, “with great power comes great responsibility?” We have endless access to the internet and exposure to several social media platforms, but we must make a conscience effort to remain aware of the kind of information we post online. “Owning it,” means taking responsibility for how you manage your online personal information. How can you do this? There are a couple of tips you can use to secure your online profiles and proactively fend off cyber hackers.
Don’t be too social on Social Media
Be sure to limit the amount of information shared online, and be cautious of what you’re posting on social platforms. Sharing as little personal information about yourself as possible on social media can help prevent hackers from obtaining your information. Be clever with your choice of passwords, and use distinctly different passwords for each social platform. For example, use a different password for Facebook then you do for your online banking. If you repeat passwords, a hacker who discovers your Facebook password now has access to your financials as well. For businesses, consider using password managers to generate random passwords and secure them safely.
Take Advantage of Privacy Settings
Online services and social platforms offer privacy settings for a reason, so be sure to take advantage of these as often as you can. On social media, adjust your privacy settings so that you know who can view your posts. Instead of your information being visible to everyone, just make it available for your friends to see. On your email, adjust your settings and minimize the apps and websites that are able to access your browsing information and email. Even search engines like Google and Yahoo will ask your permission on what information they can share. Do your best to read privacy terms before you agree to anything online, and make decisions that that are in you and your devices’ best interest.
The goal of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is to emphasize the importance in taking proactive steps to ensure that your personal information isn’t compromised. We may not be able to put an end to cyber threats for good, but we can work to make proactive decisions that help prevent cyber-attacks from occurring. We can’t control what hackers do, but we do have control over our own actions. Make sure that you “Own it” this month and make a conscience effort to become aware and responsible of the information you share online.
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Written by Jeanine Hasan, Marketing Coordinator at QualityIP.