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Avoid the Cyber-Scaries! Part 2: Protect Your Tech

Avoid the Cyber-Scaries! Part 2: Protect Your Tech

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Hackers, phishers, and identity thieves, oh my! It can be a scary digital world, but that doesn’t mean you need to be frightened…just be prepared. Here is part two of our Avoid the Cyber-Scaries blog series.

The Tech Side of Security

You invest countless dollars in your technology, but to keep it fully operational and completely secure, you must take precautions. Here are a few tips that can help you do both.

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Encryption Is Key

Encryption is no longer a luxury. Now more than ever, information submitted over web browsers is at risk of being stolen. First, use encryption software that jumbles the data you send out over the web.

Also, look for that lock symbol in the bar of your Internet browser before sending any personal information online. If there’s no lock, don’t hit submit!

Patching Isn’t Optional

In the middle of a busy day, responding to a notification from our computer to install some updates is not typically high on our priority list.

But these updates often contain critical patches that can protect your devices and data from hackers. Do yourself and your organization a favor—install those updates. You’ll be glad you did.

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Your Printer—Yes, Your Printer!—Is a Target Too

The printers and copiers of today are no dummies. They are intelligent hardware solutions complete with operating systems, software applications, and access to the Internet and your own internal systems. We don’t often think of printers as entryways for hackers and malware, but endpoint devices are targets of opportunity.

While it’s tempting to save on budget dollars when purchasing this equipment, procuring printing and copying equipment with more rigorous cybersecurity measures built-in could save you enormously when data thieves attempt a break-in.

Removable Media May Remove More Than You Wanted

While transferring data wirelessly is quickly becoming the norm, thumb drives, external hard drives, and even plugging in one’s phone are still fairly popular forms of moving information from point A to point B.

Unfortunately, this can make for the easy spread of malware and viruses. Before connecting new or unknown removable media, give the device a rigorous security scan.

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Always Back It Up

The best way to keep your data intact and accessible is to back it up. Backing up your data may, at times, feel like purchasing car insurance.

But much like car insurance, if your data is stolen or wrecked, it will be the best investment you’ve ever made.

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Brad White is a communications professional and digital marketer at ENA. A former seventh grade language arts teacher, he has a passion for engaging and serving the educational community.
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