With Halloween around the corner we’re probably thinking about our costumes, candy, and trick ‘o’ treating but did you know October is Cyber Security Awareness Month? We thought we’d take this opportunity to share our best tips and tricks to keep your data and devices secure.
Keep your passwords safe
We all know the golden rule of not writing your passwords down but staying safe doesn’t just stop there. Creating strong passwords and not re-using them for multiple apps can ensure your accounts aren’t easily accessible.
Whether it’s that old Mac desktop sitting in your office or your mobile phone you use daily, stay on top of all the latest software updates for your device(s) to ensure they are protected against any unwanted intruders.
No, really. We all pretty much know what scams look like - someone asking for your information through email, or calling and demanding personal information without verifying who they are. If an email seems fishy, don’t respond to or open it; trust your gut. You can always call the institution they’re purporting to represent and double check that the email or call you’ve received was legitimate. You can never be too cautious with your information.
Encrypt your data backups
This could be that file on a memory card or even the latest iOS backup you store on your computer, encryption will add an extra layer of protection against someone getting their hands on your info.
Tips help to serve as a reminder but you also need the proper tools to see your plan through. Here are a couple of cool apps to help ensure your security game is on lock (see what I did there?):
In addition to it’s known anti-virus scanning features the mobile version also includes a remote lock feature for Android as well as the ability to wipe your phone remotely once lost.
You know that feeling when websites ask you to create a strong password containing a million characters and you’re stumped? 1Password can save the day with it’s password generator as well as secure password storage abilities.
Cyber Security Awareness Month is a great initiative to remind us about the importance of maintaining vigilance with our day to day cyber habits but we should focus on cyber security 365 days a year. Be sure to check out these apps and implement these tips to keep your data secure. We also have a program at TELUS called TELUS Wise that is committed to ensuring you keep your data safe.