With GDPR buzzing in your ear, it is a good time to review (or create) your IT Security.
Although this sounds like something only businesses should do, it is also worth individuals having things in place to protect not only their personal data but the data they hold on other people.
So here are 5 quick things you can do to protect yourself:
Quick Step: Set a password
It seems obvious, but many computers do not have a password and boot straight to desktop.
Next Step: 2 Factor Authentication
Even if someone gets access to your password. You have a 2nd authentication in the form of a Mobile Phone or Authenticator App.
Extra Step: Lock your computer when you leave your desk.
Windows + L or Command + Shift +Power
Quick Step: Use a Standard Computer Account
Stop users by intentionally or accidentally installing unwanted programs. Where possible, devices should have a standard users account for everyday activities and a password protected administrator account.
Next Step: Restrict Boot Options
With all the device and password security, it is still possible to bypass that using a CD or USB. These can be used to boot into a separate Operating System and access the files stored on the hard disk.
Extra Step: Encrypt your Devices
Encrypting your devices ensures that even if your password is bypassed your data is still protected.
Quick Step: Check Sender address
It says from BT Mail however the e-mail address is not.
Next Step: always be diligent
If your gut says it doesn’t sound right, then you are probably right. There is always time to stop and think, never let fear force you to click that link or sign in to the weird looking website.
Extra Step: Increase Spam Settings
If you find that too many spam e-mails are getting to your inbox, then increase the Spam filter.
Although you do need to be aware that this may result in some legitimate e-mails ending up in the spam folder.
Quick Step: Password Protect Files
The 1st Option in MS Office it to Protect Document. For other file types a password protected zip will do the trick.
Next Step: Separate files
Keep you work and personal systems separate, especially if you work at home. You don’t want to mix up any files.
Extra Step: Data disposal service
When disposing of a machine, make sure you get it wiped correctly. Delete doesn’t really mean delete.
Quick Step: Guest Network
Access to your wifi, can mean access to your network. Some routers have a guest feature which puts wireless devices on to another network.
Next Step: Review Mobile Devices
Is your super fast internet running slow? Review how many mobile devices are connected. They love wifi as for them its unlimited download. App Updates, System Updates and backups.
Extra Step: Turn Off Public Wifi
Some systems come with a public function which allows subscribers to use your wifi and connection. although this is separate from your network, it still puts a load on the router and connection.