- Keep your phones, computers, tablets, and other devices up to date: Software updates provide new features, bug fixes, and security updates. The older a device’s software is, the more time hackers have had to find vulnerabilities. Run security updates as soon as they are available on your devices.
- Be proactive with your passwords: Do not use the same password for your different logins. Use a password manager like LastPass, Dashlane, or Bitwarden to create unique and complex passwords and store them securely without remembering or writing down login information.
- Multi-factor authentication (MFA): Many platforms now allow MFA to add an extra layer of protection. MFA requires more than one method to verify a user’s credentials for login, commonly via email or phone. The primary objective of MFA is to reduce the risk of account takeovers and provide additional security for users and their accounts. Since over 80% of cyber breaches happen due to weak or stolen passwords, MFA can provide added layers of security necessary to protect users and their data.
- Practice safe browsing: Be wary when clicking on links or visiting new websites. Some sites may carry “drive-by-download attacks” that pass malicious code to your device by just visiting the website. On most browsers, you can inspect links by hovering over them, revealing the target URL or website address.
- Suspicious emails and links: A rule of thumb – if an email looks suspicious, don’t open it. Scammers use phishing techniques to impersonate individuals or companies to gain access to your personal information. Sometimes phishing emails contain malicious attachments or links that infect your system.
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