Keep up to date, use caution, and back up

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and as we lead up to a month focused on how to protect ourselves online at work, the next few weeks let’s focus on how to protect you at home. I hope this several week series will spur thinking and discussion about how to protect your personal digital assets.

Keep up to date with security patches, use caution when providing information online, and back up your data regularly

It’s important to keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software up to date with the latest security patches to minimize threats from viruses and malware, and also limit the amount of personal information you post online. Watch out for retail sites that hide monthly subscriptions in their fine print, so you don’t sign up for more than you bargained for.

The DHS’s Stop.Think.Connect campaign has some good general tips regarding safer online habits. In addition, you’ll want to back up your data on a regular basis either via an online service and/or offline to an external storage device. Scheduling this backup automatically can help to ensure a regular cadence.