SECURITY PRO TIPS

In a world that is increasingly connected, managing security and privacy has become increasingly challenging. According to the FBI, over 90% of breaches occur due to human error. The good news is that most of these breaches are preventable with a few changes in habits. Follow the advice below to keep your company safe.

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Keep your apps, operating system, and browsers up to date. Enable automatic updates if available.

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Use reputable, American-made products for malware protection on all Windows, Android, and macOS devices.

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Do not use third-party VPN services. Use your employer-provided VPN connection, managed by your IT team.

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Do not share personally identifiable information or financial information via phone, text, or email unless you initiate contact.

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Do not use publicly available charging cords or USB ports (even in ride-share cars). Use your power adapter or power bank instead.

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Monitor the Dark Web and your credit report for breaches of credentials and personally identifiable information.

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Do not reuse passwords across multiple accounts, sites, and apps. Secure unique passwords with a password manager like 1Password or LastPass.

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Limit the amount of information shared on social media. Revisit privacy settings periodically.

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Shred or erase financial and intellectual property documents that are obsolete.

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Offer phishing awareness coaching to your team to keep up with new threats.

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Use two-factor authentication to log in to any website or app that offers 2FA, regardless of the type of data you store there.

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Do not use public Wi-Fi hotspots. Use your phone’s hotspot feature or a hotspot device from a wireless provider.

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Do not click links or open attachments in unsolicited emails or text messages. Ensure that email asking for information is not from an impersonator.

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Do not share personally identifiable information or financial information through email if possible. Call an official phone number instead.

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Download apps from legitimate sources only such as Apple App Store or Google Play.

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Do not allow apps to access information such as contacts and location from your device when avoidable.

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Create and save bookmarks in your browsers for frequently visited sites. Link results from searches can sometimes contain spoofed links that point to rogue sites.

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Ensure you are using a reputable business-class email provider that doesn’t mine and sell user data.

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Consider dedicating a device to do banking and other financial activities so it’s less likely to be compromised during other uses. When possible, use financial institution apps rather than their websites.

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Replace default passwords with strong, unique passwords for every device connecting to the Internet (TVs, printers, security cameras, and so on).

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