Pixel’s Summer Cyber Checklist
It’s the first day of summer, and there’s no better time to do a cyber hygiene check to help ensure that your devices and data are more protected. Checking on a few basic settings can go a long way toward protecting your data privacy!
Pixel’s Summer Cyber Hygiene Checklist
If you’re using the same password for multiple accounts, haven’t updated your passwords in a while, or aren’t using strong passwords, you are more vulnerable to hackers. Read our post on how to create a stronger password, and check your accounts to make sure you are using strong passwords and multi-factor authentication when possible.
Check your devices and applications and make sure they are up-to-date and set to automatically update. Updates often include security improvements and fixes for known problems. Keeping everything updated helps protect you from hackers. Here’s a great post on why updating is one of the best things you can do to help stay protected.
Ransomware—when a hacker gains access to your date, locks you out, and demands payment to return access to you—is rampant and hardware can fail. It’s smart to back up your data to ensure you always maintain access to important documents. This article reviews the pros and cons of the three most popular methods of backing up data so you can make an informed decision.
When you get a new device or application, make sure you oversee the installation and set up to ensure the software is licensed and authentic and that all security settings, such as firewalls and automatic updates, are turned on. Visit the manufacturer’s website to register the product and ensure you have the most up-to-date firmware and software installed.