In today's world, Cybersecurity is everybody's job and being aware of the best practices is part of that responsibility. Here are the core areas where everybody should familiar:
- Education: Learn the basics of Cybersecurity to better arm yourself against online threats. Learn to avoid the usual scams, learn on how to avoid getting phished and also what you can do to prevent common attacks.
- Encryption: Learn what it is and how to use it. Encryption is key to protecting your sensitive data.
- Firewalls: Ensure you have a working Firewall and that it is enabled. In some cases, individual devices may have firewalls and the network itself.
- Password Hygiene: Don't use the same password across multiple websites; use a unique and strong password for each site, turn on MFA (multi-factor authentication) where it's available and use a password manager such as 1Password to make things easier to manage.
- Updates and patches: Sure, it can be annoying to have to stop and reboot or to remember to start an update at the end of your day, but it is much better to prevent a bigger problem before it starts. Not only will your device be more secure, but patches and updates can often fix performance and general issues.
- Backups: It should go without saying, but backups are still a critical part of any digital hygiene strategy. Even if you use Google Docs or other cloud-based work apps, most people still store at least a few things on their devices. Using an automated back up solution such as Backblaze is an important step.