It’s a new world out there. The pandemic we’re dealing with has changed how we work, socialize, and live out our daily lives. Fortunately, there is an incredible array of technology to help us adjust, but it’s not flawless. With this increased web traffic comes increased security threats. With that in mind, we wanted to review some basic tips for your digital security and help you weather this storm safely and well.

The Tips

1. Keep Your Software Current

Software is constantly being patched to keep up with new threats and fill discovered loopholes. We get used to seeing these updates when we start up our devices, and often we’re tempted to ignore them in favor of getting to work more quickly. Don’t ignore these updates. Keeping current on your software is vital to keeping your system safe.

2. Beware the Phish

Phishing scams have increased during this crisis, as they always do in times like these. With new SBA loans and economic stimulus payments inbound, bad actors are constantly looking for ways to get access to your information. Stay current on known scams and understand the potential threats out there. When in doubt, err on the side of caution.

3. Create Strong, Diverse Passwords

We may prefer a simple password, but strong, diverse ones can help keep you safe. Follow these simple guidelines:

  • Make them 20 characters or more
  • Mix up letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and symbols
  • Don’t use the same password on multiple sites
  • Don’t share your passwords
  • Periodically change your passwords (the 90-day cycle is optimal)

4. Back-Up Your Data

A breach may happen, and it’s best to be prepared. Take the time to regularly back up your data so that, should the worst happen, you have someplace to start from instead of zero.

5. Install Trusted Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software can be an incredible tool in protecting your devices. However, you want to make sure that you’re using a well established, trusted piece of software instead of aiming for something lower in cost. You often get what you pay for with anti-virus, and your protection is worth it.

6. Stay Vigilant

You need to stay vigilant. New threats are emerging every single day, and it’s up to you to take the time to familiarize yourself with them. There are a number of good resources for this, so familiarize yourself with them, and make a regular habit of keeping track.

AITP is Here For You

The world has undergone a lot of change very quickly. While our events are on hold in support of social distancing measures to help flatten the curve, we’re still here to help you. AITP Charleston provides a number of benefits and connections for IT professionals in the Lowcountry. Please contact us today and let us know how we can help you.