While cyberattacks take different forms, they all rely on human error to gain entry to your company’s system. Luckily, there are routines and steps we can follow to prevent this. These practices are called cyber hygiene. Just like personal hygiene habits help keep us healthy, cyber hygiene practices help protect the health and security of computer systems. This blog will walk you through some of the most prevalent cyber hygiene practices.
Create Strong Passwords
One of the most important cyber hygiene practices is using strong passwords. If hackers get your login credentials, they have access to everything you do, along with the opportunity to get more credentials and more access. This puts confidential company files, trade secrets, and customer data at serious risk. Data breaches like these have an incredibly high cost for companies both financially and in the loss of consumer and market trust.
The strongest passwords are at least 12 characters long, although even longer is better, and include a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers. But how do you come up with a strong password that you can remember? Here are a couple of methods to try.
Common Cyber Hygiene Practices
Passwords are a critical defense against hacking, but other cyber hygiene routines provide important protection as well. They include:
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Cyber hygiene also means being aware of risks in your surroundings. If you are working remotely, don’t connect through unsecured public Wi-Fi unless you are using a VPN and encrypting data. Lock away important documents, especially those with confidential data, when you’re not using them, or if you step away from your desk.
As online attacks grow more prevalent, it’s critical that we develop good cyber hygiene routines to protect against them. Help your employees understand cybersecurity threats, how they occur, and how to prevent them with Zosi’s cybersecurity training.