Equifax and Cybersecurity: Small Improvements, Big Results
September 20, 2017 by Bill Rosenthal

Between the enormous Equifax data leak from last week, the WannaCry hack, and new phishing scams affecting Facebook and WhatsApp users, the headlines of today prove that it’s a rather frightening time in the world of internet security.

Luckily, there are a few quick changes that you can make to improve your overall cybersecurity:

  • Make sure each password is unique and strong. – Be sure to never use the same password for all of your online accounts. Should a cybercriminal hack one of your accounts, they may try the same password for another account. For example, the hackers responsible for the most recent Yahoo breach cross-referenced the stolen passwords with bank accounts. A mix of numbers, letters, and symbols is typically the safest option.
  • Enable two-factor authentication. – Two-factor authentication makes it much more difficult for hackers and cybercriminals to access your data by adding an additional layer of defense. This means that you would not only require a password or passcode to log into your account, but would also need to verify your identity using a second factor, such as a code sent to your mobile phone.
  • Update all of your software. – Did you know that the WannaCry ransomware attack actually took advantage of Windows machines that were running out-of-date software? Be sure to set up automatic updates wherever you possible can, including your browser, operating system, software, and plug-ins. If you are not able to do automatic updates, make sure that you set a reminder to manually check for them on a regular basis.
  • Install good antivirus and antimalware protection. – Without these systems in place, you could be leaving your devices open to cyberattacks via viruses or “socially engineered” attacks (such as phishing and ransomware). Antimalware can help identify, delete, and report suspicious activity found on your tech.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity information with training. – One of the best ways to stay safe online is to keep up on the latest news and updates in the world of cybersecurity. Staying informed can help you protect your data from new cyber threats, and commercial training is great way to keep your employees and data protected.

Would you like to learn more about staying safe online and commercial cybersecurity training? Join us for LO-CON17 on October 18-19, 2017 at the Westin Baltimore Washington Airport. This highly interactive and information-intensive conference will immerse attendees in the latest information from the worlds of cybersecurity, cloud, mobile programming, virtualization, data privacy, and much more! Visit our event page to learn more about LO-CON17!