Do you take the necessary precautions to ensure your information is stored and secured safely online? As the internet plays a larger role in our daily activities, it is important to highlight the type and amount of information we share can be used against us. As a result, we compiled the top information security tips for your organization.
Securing Your Information Online
Before conducting any activity on a site, users need to make sure that the site is secure. You can check to see if the site is using a secure certificate and employing SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to secure your data in transit. This can often be done by looking at the address bar in your internet browser. Google Chrome users can often see a little lock that will show whether a site is using SSL by displaying a green lock to the left of the web address. Look for the lock!
Review Privacy Policies
Before posting on sites and sharing your information, review the privacy policies that are in place. This allows you to better understand how the information that you provide can be used by the site.
Beware of Social Engineering and Phishing
Typically, there are a few details that can indicate that an email or website may not be coming from a legitimate source. These tells include poor spelling and grammar, abnormal sender, and unfamiliar URLs. Also, abnormal requests such as an unanticipated account verification can also indicate that an email is part of a phishing scam. Verify the source before making a click.
The Less You Post, the Better
This might be an obvious one, but people tend to share sensitive information without realizing it. A hacker can use information like your birthday, address, where you work, and even pictures of your family to compromise your account. Consequently, the more information a hacker has on you, the easier it is for them to steal your identity.
Disable Automatic WiFi and Bluetooth Connection
When you are in public, your phone and computer can automatically connect to an unsecured WiFi or mobile hotspot. In addition, it might connect to other devices through your Bluetooth capability. Be sure to disable this auto-connection feature on your phone to ensure you are safeguarding your personal information and to keep hackers at bay.
Implement Stronger Password and Authentication
New rules for creating passwords were announced by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) this year, which include having a password between 8-64 characters long, and using longer phrases that are easier to remember. Additionally, you can implement two-factor authentication. This will provide a secondary form of ID outside of your typical password, which will strengthen your security.
Enhance Your Network Security
Invest in a Moreover, secure your WiFi connection by implementing a strong password and enabling WPA 2 and AES encryption.
Making Sense of the Information Security Tips
With these seven information security tips in mind, you can protect your personal information and identity to prevent a data breach from occurring. For more information regarding cybersecurity and data protection, take a look at our Cyber Defense Guide: Part 1.
For more information regarding information security, contact us at [email protected] or call 1-888-702-5446 to have an experienced cyber risk professional answer your questions.