Top 10 Secure Computing Tips

10 tips for better cyber security

With the ever rising threat of cyber-crimes and phishing attempts, DYNALABS would like to share some information with you. Here are 10 tips to help avoid cyber-security issues.

Tip #1 – You are a target to hackers

We are all at risk and the stakes are high – to your personal and financial well-being.

Tip #2 – Keep software up to date

Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices:

Tip #3 – Avoid Phishing scams – beware of suspicious emails and phone calls

Phishing scams are a constant threat – using various social engineering ploys, cyber-criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as your login ID and password, banking or credit card information.

Tip #4 – Practice good password management

We all have too many passwords to manage – and it’s easy to take short-cuts, like reusing the same password. A password management program can help you to maintain strong unique passwords for all of your accounts. These programs can generate strong passwords for you, enter credentials automatically, and remind you to update your passwords periodically.

There are several online password management services that offer free versions.

Here are some general password tips to keep in mind:

Tip #5 – Be careful what you click

Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. These sites often host malware that will automatically, and often silently, compromise your computer.

If attachments or links in the email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it.

Tip #6 – Never leave devices unattended

The physical security of your devices is just as important as their technical security.

Tip #7 – Protect sensitive data

Be aware of sensitive data that you come into contact with, and associated restrictions – review the DOD Data Classification Standards to understand data protection level requirements. In general:

Tip #8 – Use mobile devices safely

Considering how much we rely on our mobile devices, and how susceptible they are to attack, you’ll want to make sure you are protected:

Tip #9 – Update anti-virus protection

Keep virus definitions, engines and software up to date to ensure your anti-virus program remains effective.

Tip #10 – Back up your data

Back up regularly – if you are a victim of a security incident, the only guaranteed way to repair your computer is to erase and re-install the system.
Here are some additional tips to help keep you safe and secure online: