The Internet is everywhere. From your mobile phone to your desktop computer. Your car and even the connected home now contains some type of technology able to communicate online. Since computers are an important part of our lives today we must be even more vigilant to ensure that we take proper security measures. Spam, viruses, malware, spyware, phishing and “brute force” attacks can corrupt your device, computer or technological device.
Here are some important and practical tips to secure your equipment.
- Be care when using “free” Wi-Fi networks (public networks)
- Learn more about best practices on “public Wi-Fi” by clicking the link below http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/vds/scr-pblc-wf-en.aspx
- Use a firewall
- Make sure you have an updated anti-virus application
- Use strong passwords on the web
- Learn more about safe passwords usage by clicking on the link below http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/vds/scr-pssrds-eng.aspx
- Enable “Two-Step Authentication”
- Don’t trust everything you see on the web
- Make sure you have the latest updates for your devices
- When possible, enable private browsing
In recent months we have seen hacking attacks and major breaches in what were thought to be secure networks. Cyber threats and crimes occur every day and you must keep yourself informed and ready. Don’t assume that the device you have is secure and make every effort to use caution your personal data on the web.