Cyber-security is vital to keep you and computer systems safe and secure, but there can be a lot of confusing tech jargon to wade through to find the advice you need to know and put into action. Don’t let yourself be put off though we have identified 5 quick and simpler measures you can take to improve your cyber-security.
Two Factor Authentication
We recommend that you don’t rely on a password to protect your computer or your valuable data when your online. Many services now provide an extra level of security called two-factor authentication. Every time you log into a service with your password, you’ll be sent a code to your mobile device or email address as an additional layer of authentication. Many online service providers now have this option available including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Microsoft and Google.
For maximum security you should be using different passwords for every website or service you access online, with each site asking for different types of password you can quickly end up with some many passwords you can’t remember them all. You could use your browser to remember passwords but these can be easily accessed by anyone with access to your computer. Password Manager software will store and encrypt all of your passwords and help you generate random and more secure passwords for any new logins.
Given the massive number of online threats there are to your computer system it is a sensible precaution to install Anti-Virus Software. Many anti-virus packages now include useful additional features such as online backup space so that you can keep your data even more secure. Paid for anti-virus software will give you much greater protection then a free version. Given the rising number of online threat we recommend installing anti-virus software whether you are using a Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac based system.
Keep All Software Up to Date
You should keep your operating system and all of your software up to date. Newer versions of software often include better protection and fix any problems or security loopholes that have been identified in the software. Many pieces of software can update automatically.
Lock Your Devices
It’s important to lock your computer when you not using it. If you don’t, someone access your computer to read confidential information or steal your files, copy your passwords, or impersonate you using your online accounts. On Windows computer you can do this quickly with the short Windows Key + L.
While some security measures need to be setup and managed by experts, little steps like the ones listed here can be just as important.