Cybersecurity Tips

Cyber threats continue to evolve at an alarming pace. I recently came across a couple of cybersecurity awareness tips and felt that I should pass these along. The first tips came from the SANS Institute . I have mentioned some of these tips in previous blog posting, but repetition is the greatest form of emphasis.

Email Auto-Complete

Be careful with email auto-complete. This is an email feature that automatically completes a name for you when you begin typing it in the TO field. However, your email client can easily complete the wrong name for you. If you are emailing anything sensitive, always be sure to check the TO field a second time before hitting the send button.

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Every plugin or add-on you install in your browser can expose you to more danger. Only install the plugins you need and make sure they are always current. If you no longer need a plugin, disable or remove it from your browser via your browser’s plugin preferences.

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Patch and Update

One of the most effective ways you can protect your computer at home is to make sure both the operating system and your applications are patched and updated. Enable automatic updating whenever possible.

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Back up Your Files

Eventually, we all have an accident or get hacked. And when we do, backups are often the only way to recover. Backups are cheap and easy; make sure you are backing up all of your personal information (such as family photos) on a regular basis.

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