10 Cybersecurity Tips
- Enable the strongest authentication tools offered. Popular authentication methods include biometrics, security keys, and single-use codes.
- Use unique passphrases as passwords and differentiate them across multiple platforms. Length trumps complexity. A strong passphrase is at least 12 characters long.
- Do a system check. Purge unused apps and outdated or sensitive information stored in old files and emails and ensure all software on internet-connected devices is current.
- Manage social media settings and minimize information sharing. Just a few data points can create a pathway for exploitation by cybercriminals.
- Use Wi-Fi judiciously. Limit the type of business conducted over open public Wi-Fi connections, including logging in to key accounts like banking.
- Monitor account activity regularly for irregular transactions, and report discrepancies to your financial institution immediately.
- Back up intellectual property and other digital information and store it safely so in the unfortunate event of a ransomware or other cyberattack you have a way to retrieve the data.
- Read the fine print when purchasing items online. If prompted, do not save credit and debit card information on the merchant's website or app.
- Be mindful when shopping online and look for signs of illegitimate websites. Spelling or grammatical errors, missing contact information, and suspicious URLs or email addresses are all red flags.
- Look for special indicators such as web addresses with https that denote extra measures taken to help secure your information.