Tech Talk Tuesday – Cybersecurity

Welcome to #TechTalkTuesday – where tech terms are defined, explained, and no longer a mystery. 

 Today’s term is cybersecurity 

 Cybersecurity involves the protection of your devices, networks, and your valuable data against would-be criminal use and unauthorized access. 

Our increasingly digital world relies heavily on virtual solutions, devices, and integrated technology. 

How much of your day-to-day life is dependent on the technology all around you? How much personal data do you store on your tablet, smartphone, and laptop?  

There are several serious risks to cybersecurity. Including malicious malware that could erase your system, cyber thieves stealing your identity and credit card details to make unauthorized purchases, and even cyberattacks that use your device to attack other people and systems. 

There are several steps you can take to help improve your personal cybersecurity. 

  • Install and use up-to-date anti-malware and antivirus software. 
  • Keep your software updated, this includes the operating systems on your devices. 
  • Use passwords that will not be easy to guess. Don’t use the same password across different systems and devices. Change your password often. 
  • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) when it is offered. 
  • Do not trust emails that seem even just a little bit unusual.  

Protecting online identity and information starts with protecting your data and your devices. Cybersecurity is an evolving art that needs to constantly stay two steps ahead of cybercriminals.