Cyber Smart Week - How cyber safe are you at home?
This week we've focused on keeping information safe at work, but how safe is your personal information?
Nowadays, so much of our life is stored, shared and displayed online but we’re generally not as careful about keeping those things as safe and secure in our online world as we are in our ‘real’ world.
It’s important to be aware that cyber attacks are becoming more frequent and that anyone can be a target, and your personal information is highly valuable to attackers who are looking for easy ways to get information to use to their advantage, often to get money.
Given that the impact of a cyber attack can be life changing, it’s worth setting aside a bit of time to get the basic safeguards in place.
What you need to do:
Use a password manager
It’s important that each of your online accounts has a different password – but remembering unique passwords for the numerous apps and online accounts we hold sounds like a challenge.
An easy way to secure them safely is to use a password manager. It’s like an online safe that stores and manages your passwords for you and keeps them safe using strong encryption. You’ll only have to remember the one strong password for your password manager, and it’ll do the rest. Read more about password managers on the CERT NZ website(external link)(external link).
Turn on two-factor authentication
Adding two-factor authentication to your login is a simple way to add an extra layer of security to your accounts. It’s an easy extra step after you log in, like entering a code from an app on your phone. You’ll usually find the option to turn it on in the privacy settings of the app or account.
Update your devices
When you’re alerted to an update for your device, don’t ignore it — install it as soon as possible. As well as adding new features, updates will fix any issues or weaknesses that have been found. If you can, set the updates to happen automatically whenever a new version is available.
Check your privacy
It’s important to know how much of your information you’re sharing, and who you’re sharing it with, as the information you share can enable attackers to access your data or steal your identity.
Be vigilant about any requests for personal information before you share your details, and if you’re not sure, don’t give the information.
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