It’s a few weeks into 2020 and after celebrating the coming of 2020, it is time to set some goals for this new year! Setting some goals for your tech habits for this year can help improve the security of your life.
BACK UP TO THE CLOUD:
Cloud can be considered as a digital lifesaver nowadays. Your data is critical and losing it in some horrible catastrophe scenario can render the data on our PC or smartphone completely inaccessible. Sometimes, there may be a backup, however, it is from several months ago and missing everything you’ve done lately. Here are some solutions you can input to avoid these scenarios. Create an Amazon Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, or Apple’s iCloud account, in order to sync your important data files to that same cloud automatically.
GET SMART ABOUT PASSWORDS:
Using a bad and easy-to-guess password or reusing any password can ruin your life. So, generating a strong, unique password for every account is very important. All passwords should be at least 10 characters long, with uppercase, lowercase, and unique characters. Using a password manager, like LastPass, can help you securely store all the heavily encrypted password files in one location.
TURN ON 2FA EVERYWHERE:
Adding multi-factor authentication or two-factor authentication (2FA) to every important online account is crucial. Implementing 2FA helps put a roadblock in an attacker’s way to steal your credentials. This is especially important for email credentials, any kind of banking or payment service, and all your social media accounts. Both Google and Microsoft make simple, elegant authenticator apps for smartphones. You should absolutely try the free authentication apps to protect your data.
TAKE YOUR UPDATES:
Some people deem that the best version of your OS was the one released three years ago, or five years ago, or even ten and everything that has happened since has been an unmitigated disaster. In fact, every major software platform updates itself continuously. Problems with updates are relatively rare and generally solved within days or, very rarely, a week or two. It is easy enough to defer updates for up to a month while you wait for others to identify any issues.
INVEST IN AN ANTIVIRUS:
A basic antivirus on your computer is better than nothing. Antivirus software helps protect you from known malware. There are plenty of free antiviruses available for you to use and install. Follow the concept of Buy One and Get One Free. In other words, invest in one antivirus software and install one free version because if one software fails to detect malware, the may other may be able to detect it instead.
It’s 2020 and time to Implement Security Changes into Your Life
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