Cybersecurity Best Practices

October 31, 2023

As we reach the end of October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month comes to an end. Cybersecurity Awareness Month was created 20 years ago as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and more secure online. Below are a few tips we thought would be helpful to share:

  • Device Security Updates
    • Setting up automatic updates or regularly checking for and installing security updates is one of the easiest ways you can protect your devices. This includes all computers, tablets, and cell phones.
  • Using Free Wi-Fi
    • Using free or public Wi-Fi to complete work can create some additional risks. Make public Wi-Fi a last resort by utilizing a personal hotspot on your mobile device or a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
  • Password Managers
    • Using a password manager has become a popular way to remember and store all the complex and unique passwords you may have. Below are two commonly used password managers to get you started:
      • Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault
      • Apple Passwords (available across all Apple devices)
  • Password Methods
    • Password methods allow you to create long complex, and unique passwords you can easily remember when you don’t have the option to use a password manager. Here’s a simple example to get you started:
      • Pick three of your favorite things;
      • Now separate each word with your favorite special character;
      • Then choose a familiar number like your zip code or reverse birth year to put at the end.
  • Lock Before You Walk
    • Locking your computer screen before leaving it unattended and separating personal from work activities are two of the best security-related behaviors for people who work from home.