In a world of increasing cyber threats, keeping yourself safe online is a concern that should be taken seriously. With more devices, including those in daily use, connecting to the Internet of Things (IoC) it’s even more relevant that you do your best to ensure you keep information well protected and resilient to attempted attacks and access from outsiders.
Wondering how best to stay up to date with information security and help keep yourself safe? Check out the following five tips.
Never Install Unauthorised Applications
Unauthorised applications that don’t adhere to your operating system or security systems’ safety protocols could potentially wreak havoc on your system, causing data loss, data manipulation and a whole host of other possible risks. Never install unauthorised applications, particularly those downloaded from the web that might include file-sharing tools or those embedded in email attachments.
Never Disable Security Tools
Security tools are there for a reason. They help, through the implementation of firewalls and authorisation verification, keep your software and hardware protected from outside threats. Disabling them, no matter what the circumstances, is never a good idea as it can cause your system to become vulnerable to a varying range of attacks.
In the act of trouble-shooting slow running applications security tools might be turned off in order to solve the problem. Just remember to turn them back on again soon afterwards.
Poor Password Management
With social media accounts and many other access procedures calling for passwords it is easy to create and use the same simple password for a whole range of different software or web applications. Adhere to good information security practices by keeping your passwords to yourself, never divulging them, using a range of different passwords across access portals and incorporating numbers and characters into each.
Surfing Unsafe Sites
Questionable sites on the web will often prompt browser warnings that your systems safety is potentially at risk by remaining or accessing particular pages. Such warnings make sense to follow as many sites hosting illegal content can also be sources of malicious software installs that you might otherwise be unaware about.
Information security is dependent on safe browser use. For more information about how to keep yourself protecting while using browsers check out http://www.dell.com/learn/uk/en/ukbsdt1/by-service-type-information-security.
Web Forms and Registrations
Another potential information security risk worth paying attention to is that of keyloggers collecting information from web forms and registration forms that prompt you to enter sensitive information. Programs that track your key-strokes might be embedded in specific browser pages, or potentially hidden behind scripts on public computers.
To avoid security issues of this nature ensure that you keep all sensitive material restricted to your own machine and maintain and update it as frequently as possible.
Following the aforementioned advice can really help reduce your risk of falling foul of information security issues and comprising you and your organisations’ position.