October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we want to encourage you to “Stop. Think. Connect.” IBM estimates that, in 2018, the global average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million. The average cost for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information is $148. Most data breaches occur because an individual clicks a link within a phishing email, and that causes his computer to become infected with malware. Use these tips to help keep your computer and data safe.
Keep your software updated
Make sure you have all the latest security patches for your computer software, wireless routers and other internet-enabled devices.
Install a good endpoint-protection program and keep it updated; antivirus software is simply not enough
Use two-factor authentication
Turn on two-factor authentication on any system that supports it. In addition to your username and password, the second factor, i.e., a text message, Google Authenticator code, fingerprint, facial recognition, etc., will help keep your accounts safe.
Backup your important files
When all else fails, a backup will allow you to more quickly recover – whether from a potential breach or hardware failure.
Stop. Think. Connect.
When looking at emails or websites, slow down and take time to determine whether the email is legitimate. Tip: hover your mouse over the link to see where it’s taking you.