We thought we'd offer some Top Tips to help ensure our readers are personally Cyber Aware.
Here are our Top Four Personal Cyber Security Tips.
- Ensure your devices are password protected to gain access and ensure it’s a password that is not easy to guess, such as password123 or letmein
- Cyberaware.gov provide tips for creating strong passwords: https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/passwords
- See how secure passwords are here: https://howsecureismypassword.net/)
- If possible use two factor authentication, or fingerprint or facial recognition.
Protect the data on your devices
When you no longer need a digital device, it’s important your data is completely wiped. Whether you are throwing it away, passing it on or selling it on, do a factory reset.
Deleting the files isn’t enough as criminals will find a way to get them back. This applies to all digital and electronic devices.
If you’re deleting data off a device that’s been backed up in the cloud, or on another external device, ensure you’ve deleted any data from the Cloud too.
Sometimes, depending on what the device is and what it was used for, the device will need destroying to ensure data can’t be accessed. Even if you’ve destroyed a device, you’ll still need to delete any data that’s stored in the cloud to ensure it’s no longer accessible.
Don’t use public wi-fi if you’re wanting to transfer sensitive data, such as card details when you purchase something or bank login details for example.
Update your devices and systems
Don’t put off, or ‘snooze’ updates for your phone or computer.
Updates help to keep your data and devices secure, as they will regularly contain updated security updates.
If you can, set your updates to automatically update, then you won’t have to remember to do it yourself.
If you have an unsupported device or software, you may not be able to receive updates, and this means your data is at a higher risk of being hacked or compromised.
Turn off your devices when not in use
Even if its locked, hackers can gain access, and even more so if it’s connected to the internet.
This doesn’t just count for desktop devices, if you’re leaving your laptop or tablet in your car, turn it off as it can be easily traced by criminals.
Don’t leave your devices on show, ensure they’re not connected to a network and disable your Bluetooth.
Believe it or not, even if you ‘hide’ or make your device ‘invisible’, criminals can still get to your device, turning Bluetooth off eliminates this risk.
Most of these tips are things you’ll need to do online, but remember hackers can be right next to you stealing data by just looking at your device. This is called Visual Hacking. If you’re putting a password or code into your phone for example, ensure that the people around you don’t see.
You can find more about Safer Internet Day here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019 , there are more tips about your Cyber Safety here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/747624/Consumer_Guidance_for_Smart_Devices_in_the_Home_Oct_2018.pdf and here https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/sharing-data
Watch the videos from our Cyber Security Summit 2018 - The BCSS18
Back in November 2018, we hosted the very first Buckinghamshire Cyber Security Summit at Chicheley Hall. Featuring some of the industry's most influential companies and experts, it was a great success.
Watch the presentation videos from speakers including Cal Leeming and Jamie Bartlett.