Safeguard Your Data – 6 Quick Tips

DEVICES AND NETWORKS

Backup

One of the most basic, yet often overlooked, data protection tips is backing up your data. Put simply, you are creating a duplicate copy of your data so if a device is lost, stolen, or compromised, you don’t also lose your important information. 

Create a backup on a different device, such as an external hard drive, so you can easily recover information.

Cloud 

Data is not stored on a local device so it’s easily accessible even when your hardware becomes compromised. Use common sense when utilizing the cloud and implement sound security practices.

The cloud can provide an ideal solution for backing up your data.

Anti-malware 

Malware (short for malicious software) is a serious issue plaguing many a computer user, and it’s known for cropping up in inconspicuous places, unbeknownst to users. Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer. 

Malware may include computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, scareware and more. It can be hanging out on websites and in emails or hidden in downloadable files, photos, videos.

The best way to avoid getting infected is to install and run a good anti-virus protection program!

Install Updates – Operating Systems and Software

Today we seem to be inundated with operating system updates, but they’re a necessary evil. Updates contain critical security patches to protect your computer from recently discovered threats. Failing to install these updates keeps your computer at risk. 

Set your operating system to update automatically and automate your software updates too, and save time! 

Secure Wireless Networks – Home and Office

Small tip big results: We recommended you hide your wireless network and secure it with a password. 

This prevents unauthorized individuals from hijacking your wireless network. Even if they’re only attempting to access free Wi-Fi, you don’t want to share private information with other people who are using your network without permission. 

Wi-Fi networks in your workplace need to be secure, encrypted, and hidden. To hide your Wi-Fi network, set up your wireless access point or router to NOT broadcast the network name; known as the Service Set Identifier (SSID). 

Then password protect access to the router.

Computer Off

When you’re finished using your computer or laptop, power it off. It sounds simple, but it’s often overlooked.

Leaving computing devices on and connected to the Internet opens the door for rogue attacks. It allows scammers 24/7 access to install malware and commit cyber crimes.


PCS can help you with any of the above-mentioned items. Have a question? Reach out today!

 

       
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