For the next 4 weeks, we’re doing a 4 part blog series to dig into the practical steps anybody can take to promote Cyber Security.
So, why Cyber Security? Well, according to Pew Research Center, on a 13 question survey given to people from all backgrounds, the average number of questions answered correctly was only 5.5 out of 13 (Take the quiz to see how you score). That’s only 42% correct. Considering how integral computers are to modern living, this is astounding. Yikes!
Although the internet has proven to be a powerful and useful tool in today’s society, in the same way that you shouldn’t leave your house unlocked, you shouldn’t use a computer
without taking some general precautions.
Here are some basic tips to get you started with Cyber Security at work.
Part 1: Basic Cyber Security at Work Tips
- Always lock your computer when leaving your desk
- Follow good password practices (see below)
- Don’t be tricked into giving away personal information (particularly through email phishing schemes)
- Don’t leave sensitive information around your workplace
- Always shred documents containing sensitive information
- Stay alert and report suspicious activity
- Password-protect sensitive files and devices (for advice on how to do this for Microsoft documents, read their help article)
- Don’t install unauthorized programs on your computer
- Contain at least 8 characters and be a combination of lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers and special characters
- Use phrases i.e. a classic rock fan could use “Sw33t-H0me-Alab@ma”
- Never use real personal information i.e. use a fake surname when filling in your mother’s maiden name
- Never have the same password for two different sites
Although many of these feel like common sense, sometimes even the most basic security advice falls by the wayside out of forgetfulness or bad habits. Cultivating awareness goes a long way to help keep these issues top of mind.
Check back next Friday we'll be covering Part 2: tips for staying safe when using social media.