Cyber Safety Starts at Home
This weeks focus of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is the importance of Cyber Safety in your own home. It’s a good idea to instil Cyber Safety in your everyday life. As part of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month StaySafeOnline have published a handy infographic Cyber Safety Starts at Home
Below are some suggestions around things you can do to ensure you’re Cyber Safe at Home
Keep a clean machine
Regardless of if you use Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X or one of the many flavours of Linux it is important you ensure you keep up to date with any updates available for either the operating system or the applications installed on it.
Keep out malware
There are a wide range of AntiVirus products on the market, ranging from free to pay for applications. Some even with subscriptions. One I generally tend to suggest to my friends and family is Sophos Home which is completely free to use in the home environment.
Lock down your login
Two-factor authentication is a good place to start with securing your online accounts
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an additional layer of protection beyond your password. It significantly decreases the risk of a hacker accessing your online accounts by combining your password (something you know) with a second factor, like your mobile phone (something you have). Many of the world’s largest websites have made 2FA readily available from the security settings of your online accounts, but it’s up to you to turn on this free feature. This ultimate guide will help you Turn It On and keep hackers out.
There’s a good collection of tutorials on how to enable two-factor on all your accounts over at Turn On 2FA
Share with Care
Thinking before you post is an important part of Cyber Safety. There’s a thorough guide around the do’s and dont’s around information sharing online available here
Back it up
Long gone are the days of scrabbling around for a USB drive or CD Rom to backup onto. The future is in the cloud, with one of the industry leaders being BackBlaze