Habits can save lives. Simple things like washing our hands after visiting the toilet, looking both ways before we cross the road (or waiting for the green man), putting on our seatbelts when we sit in a car and brushing our teeth are preventative habits that contribute to our safety. Yet when it comes to cyber security, there just isn’t the same awareness.
The internet and computers have been commonplace in western homes for nearly 2 decades, and they have been in the workplace even longer, but when it comes to taking care in the digital world, too few of us have a rigorous routine for protecting ourselves and our data. This lack of common sense in cyber security will come back to haunt us if we don’t do something about it soon.
First and foremost, people need to remember the value of their passwords. On many websites, accounts and other logins, a password is the only layer of security so surprising how many people do not take passwords seriously enough. For example, of the 10 million passwords examined by Keeper Security in 2016, around 17% of them were ‘123456’; plus thousands of people still think the word ‘password’ is sufficient for their logins. Changing your password should be like washing your hovering your kitchen floor- something you do regularly. Plus, choose a secure and unique set of characters that has nothing to do with you personally (avoid using your mother’s maiden name, friends names, the instrument you play, your favourite football player and other such information that can easily be deduced from your Facebook or Twitter account.
Regular system updates and antivirus software are as important to the health of your computer as an ‘apple a day’ is for keeping the doctor away. The WannaCry attacks in May of this year showed what can happen when enough people neglect such practices, because despite the fact Microsoft had released the update in March, the ransomware still affected hospitals, airports, banks, universities and private users in more than 150 countries two months later.
Security in technology is difficult to regulate because things are always changing and advancing, plus the demand for users to remember and learn more things is simply too much. If it was as easy as clicking a seatbelt, more people would take care of their online safety.
At get2Clouds®, we aim to make your data security part of your routine and as simple as brushing your teeth. All you need to start securing your files is your cloud account and a get2Clouds® profile. The file manager encrypts all your files end-to-end, so that they are stored safely in the cloud and cannot be seen or opened by anyone except you. Plus, the transfer manager allows you to send large files securely and quickly to colleagues and friends, meaning you do not have to risk sending sensitive data via email or save it to a USB, which may get lost or stolen.
Top Ten Bad Habits in Cyber Security
1. Reusing old passwords or not changing them regularly
2. Using bad passwords (like ‘password’ or ‘123456’)
3. Not paying attention to app permissions
4. Opening links or files in emails from unknown senders
5. Not performing regular system and software updates
6. Connecting to Free WiFi which you aren’t sure is legitimate
7. Not backing up data
8. Sending sensitive files via email
9. Not having antivirus software installed
10. Not locking your computer or device when it isn’t in use