Top 10 Security Tips

1. Use Strong passwords

Practice good password management. Use a strong mix of characters, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites. Don’t share your password with others, don’t write it down, and definitely don’t write it on a post-it note attached to your monitor.

2. Take care when you follow links

Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. Double check the URL of the website the link takes you to: bad actors will often take advantage of spelling mistakes to direct you to a harmful address.

3. Beware phishing emails and calls

Cyber criminals will try to convince you to give away your personal details. They might request personal information, click a link or ask for your password.

4. Protect Sensitive Data

Encrypt your mobile device, external storage device and any sensitive data you are sharing over the internet.

5. Don’t leave computers or devices unlocked

Never leave your devices unattended. If you need to leave your computer, phone, or tablet for any length of time—no matter how short—lock it up so no one can use it while you’re gone. For Windows users, a fast way to do this is to simultaneously press THE WINDOWS KEY + L.

6. Keep your software up-to-date

Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices.

7. Use anti-virus software

Install security software from a known and trusted source.

8. Back up your data

Use cloud-based systems to back up your data where possible. If you use physical storage devices, store this separately from your computer.

9. Stay On Top Of Your Accounts

Be sure to monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity. If you see something unfamiliar, it could be a sign that you’ve been compromised.

10. Secure your mobile device

Make sure it’s locked with a password or PIN. Always update the operating system when prompted and install security software and encryption where possible.