Data security isn't something we think about

Data security isn't something that's at the forefront of most people's minds, but it probably should be.  These days, we use far more than just our trusty laptops and desktops to do real, meaningful work.  Most people have a plethora of devices they tap into on a regular basis and take with them wherever they go.

From smart phones to smart watches and more, the average person has no less than four different devices they can and often do use to get stuff done.

How safe are they?  Probably not as safe and secure as you'd like, but here are some simple ways to fix that.


1 - Software Solutions

There are a number of these, but BitDefender and Webroot are solid choices.  The great thing about BitDefender is that you can hook up to fifteen different devices to it per household, and it comes with a suite of tools designed to help keep your smart devices safe. And Webroot has 3 tools that can help your business out immediately.


2 - Develop Good Password Habits

Yes, it can be easy to use the same password across multiple devices and multiple web properties you use on a regular basis. A tool that can help you build good habits in password setting is LastPass.

Resist the lure of the easy.  Unfortunately, easy makes you a target.  Even though it's more trouble, take the time to develop good and robust passwords. Use a different password on every device.

Here, password vaults can be your best friend because they help automate the process and give you less to remember.  It's also worth employing two-factor authentication (2FA) everywhere it's offered. Again, it adds an extra step to your logon process, but it's time well spent for the added security it provides.


3 - Learn to Be a Savvy Email User

Don't click on any links embedded in any email you receive, even if you think you know the sender.  The sender's address could be spoofed.

Similarly, don't open an email attachment unless you've verified that it's legitimate and that someone you trust has sent it to you.  Phishing emails are among the most common way that hackers gain access to systems they target.  Don't be their next victim!

Microsoft Office 365 or Exchange Online fits the bill. Microsoft has built the product with a plethora of built-in security tools. Now you just have to use them.


My perspective

These three things do take a bit of time to set up and get working but it's time well spent, and it will make all the smart devices you rely on significantly more secure.  That's a very good thing.


As Yoda would so wisely say: "Do… Or do not. There is no try."


By Denis Wilson

Cybersecurity Expert, Small Business Technology Consultant, Managed Services Provider, Managed IT Support

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