Top 5 Security Measures from Real Life to Digital Life
When we talk about data and network security that people face either in their professional or personal lives, thereâ€™s one part of it that I find myself explaining more and more â€“ Digital Hygiene.
Sure, your corporate IST (Information Security Team) can implement excellent firewalls, anti-spam and antivirus scans, intrusion prevention, enforce upgrades and updates, lock down your corporate laptop to the level that you canâ€™t install a single program there, require passwords that are 30 symbols long + require you to insert your ID into card-reader every time you want to log in â€“ thatâ€™s all good, but it isnâ€™t enough â€“ thereâ€™s also a human factor â€“ YOU, or more specifically, your behaviour.
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So, what is Digital Hygiene?
There really isnâ€™t a universal term for it, but I will go with a similar term that Kersti Kaljulaid (current President of Estonia) said on the matter â€“ if itâ€™s not ok in the analog world, then itâ€™s not ok in the digital as well. In short:
1. If you think it’s not a good idea to broadcast your home address or your childrenâ€™s date of birth, political views or places you frequent on CNN, why would you post it on Facebook?
2. If at any point in your life, your work contained anything classified or controversial enough that you would not discuss it with random people on the street, please do not describe it on LinkedIn.
3. If you know that it isn’t safe to leave private photos (or confidential documents) in a box next to the trash can outside, remember to sanitize your old phone, memory cards/sticks, hard drives and etc. properly before discarding them.
4. If you would be suspicious about a business offer that you hear from a taxi driver in real life, use the same approach for anything you see offered online thatâ€™s not thoroughly verified.
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5. Last but not least, If you would never let anyone look at your credit card security code when you are paying for something, be just as careful with public hotspots, do not enter credit card or personal banking or investment account information from that kind of places.
We would like to believe that most of these security measures are common sense. Unfortunately, as Cybersecurity Experts, we see time and time again that this is not always the case.
Staying safe online in this modern digital world doesnâ€™t come as naturally for everyone as we would like.Â