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Best Practices

Hackers are looking for a nice, easy target. You can avoid a successful attack by managing your emails, information, and passwords with the following best practices. 

 Think before posting about yourself or others online.  Consider what a post reveals, who might see it, and how it might affect you or others.  Limit how much personal information you share in online profiles. 

 Hackers will often use emails, text messages, online advertisements, and social media posts to compromise you. If a message comes from an odd or unknown source, be cautious about clicking on links in emails, websites or in social media. Sometimes, the best policy is to just delete the email. 

 Hackers will often try to scare users into acting rashly. The attacker might use Hurry!” or “Urgent action required” to scare you into clicking a link or revealing personal information. Approach emails or texts with caution. Do not click any links without confirming the email is from the sender.  

 One of the ways attackers try to get you to click on links is to make a link seem too good to be true. You should check with the company’s main website to make sure the email is real. Search for the company’s website in a separate window, and examine what an email would look like from them. If an email seems suspicious, do not click any links without confirming that the email is real. 

Your computers and mobile devices have security software. While routinely updating all of your systems can seem tedious, updating your devices can patch up weaknesses in the software. Keep your devices updated, and you reduce the number of weaknesses for hackers to exploit.  

 There is no guarantee that your files will remain in perfect condition. When a file is corrupted and cannot be accessed, the data is lost. Backing up files to a separate storage device can keep you from losing critical files. 

 Your password is the most basic form of security. People tend to choose passwords which are easy to remember, which makes the passwords easy for hackers to guess. Complex passwords make guessing each character difficult. Consider using numbers or special characters in your password. Make passwords long, with a minimum of twelve characters long. Avoid using one word, and instead try to use a phrase.  

Check the security of your password using: https://www.security.org/how-secure-is-my-password/.

 You should have a unique password for every account you access. Having several long passwords with complex characters can be difficult to remember but is essential for keeping your accounts secure. Using a password manager like Roboform, PasswordSafe or Keepass Will make storing all your passwords secure and easy to access. 

 Multi-factor authentication is an extra step that makes sure you are you. This might come in the form of a text, facial recognition, or a unique pattern you trace. You should use multi-factor authentication so that if your password is compromised, your data can still be secure.