A common misconception when it comes to cyber security is that you have to be an expert with an array of sophisticated tools at your disposal in order to protect yourself from cyber threats. The reality is that everyone is capable of adopting simple behaviours that can protect them from the most common cyber threats. In some cases, you may already be aware of these behaviours, but you either underestimate their importance or you choose to ignore them because they are inconvenient. You may also be confused due to the overwhelming amount of security advice you receive on a day to day basis.
For individuals, your personal behaviours online are just that – personal. How you manage your accounts, or what level of security you choose to implement is your choice. But at the very least, it should be an informed choice. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security developed the following steps, because they are simple to put into practice, yet when implemented as a set they are very effective.
- Practice good password etiquette
- Accept updates to your mobile devices, computers, and applications
- Secure your social media and email accounts
- Be on guard for phishing (and spear-phishing) messages
- Store your data securely and know your back-up procedures