Cybersecurity month is held annually every October and with more people spending time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever before, connected devices are an integral part of how we communicate and access services essential to our well-being. Data collected from these devices can include highly-specific information about a person or business, which can be exploited by bad actors for criminal gain. Here are some tips to help you #BeCyberSmart.
- If you connect it, protect it. Your best defense is to keep device security software, web browser and operating systems up to date.
- Public and home Wi-Fi Connections aren’t always secure. Avoid logging in to personal accounts, like email and financial sites when you don’t recognize the connections. If you must connect to public Wi-Fi, considering using a virtual private network (VPN) or personal hotspot.
- Email phishers often disguise themselves as someone you know. They offer financial reward, threaten you or claim to need help. They ask for personal information. They want you to download a file or click a link.