The New Year brings about many personal resolutions whether it’s to lose weight, drink more water, or just be happier. But those resolutions don’t have to stop there, why not extend it them to other areas in your life? Cyber security is a great example of one of those areas. Yes, you read that right. Why not start the New Year with some changes to the way you use and think about cyber security. Don’t know where to start? Well, here are 3 cyber security New Year’s resolutions to start you off:
- Make your passwords secure
We are often told that it’s a good idea to change our passwords regularly to avoid being hacked or limiting old users from using your accounts. But, with constant changes in passwords comes the downfalls of doing so, such as forgetting them or passwords getting weaker. If your passwords are constantly being changed or forgotten it might become difficult to remember all of them or keep track of changes. This can become a nuisance when you constantly are clicking the “forgot password?” button on all of your accounts. The solution is to create one secure and strong password for each account and using a password manager to keep track of them. Having secure passwords can limit the possibility of being hacked and any time you might forget a password for a certain account simply login to your password manager and voila!
- Make your office Wi-Fi secure
Although Wi-Fi has become as common to daily routines as coffee it does not come without risks. Free or open Wi-Fi is available in many places from stores to coffee stops but the one place where Wi-Fi should not be free is the office. Because you are unable to see what is inside of each person’s personal device you are unable to know that the device is secure. Personal devices could be carrying malware or other threats which could pose a threat to the company’s IT network. The solution to this is making sure you limit the devices that are able to connect to the network. It might be a good idea to limit connection to work devices that way you are 100% sure that the devices are safe.
- Make your printer secure
Printers might seem like the most harmless machine in your office or home but the fact of that matter is, they can still cause security issues. Nowadays printers aren’t usually directly plugged into your device, they are connected wirelessly. This means that your printer could be storing documents without you knowing it and with no protection. The solution to this is making sure you know what your printer does and the full capabilities of the information it is able to store. Then, be sure you understand how to remove any stored information that you might not want on the printer. Knowing how to do this can protect your information and your privacy.
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