Summer Tech Tips
The summertime brings fun in the sun, relaxation, and vacations; for many, it’s our favorite time of year. After the pandemic riddled the summer of 2020, we are all even more eager to enjoy the warmer months this year.
However, while summer may bring you a sense of relaxation, we’ve learned that cybercriminals never rest. While you may let your guard down at the beach or by the pool, we want you to always be alert and attentive when it comes to security. As you plan for meetings in public spaces, travel opportunities, and vacations that still require you to stay connected to your work in some form, we want to offer you some summer tech tips. You should be aware of:
Free Wi-Fi access can be very appealing for business or leisure travelers, but it is also particularly vulnerable to security issues. Don’t use a public Wi-Fi without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). If you don’t have a VPN, use your cell network when security is important.
A constant threat that uses various social engineering ploys. Be suspicious of any official-looking emails, texts, or phone calls that ask for personal or financial information. Don’t open email from people you don’t know. And, know which links are safe and which are not – hover over a link to discover where it directs to.
Mobile Device Management
Most smartphones, laptops, and tablets come equipped with security settings that will enable you to lock the device using a PIN number or fingerprint ID. Do this on every available device! Practice good password management; a password manager can help you to maintain strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts. Never leave devices unattended; if you need to leave your laptop, phone, or tablet for any length of time – lock it up so no one can use it.
Planning on being on the road this summer? We suggest that you disable auto-connect and Bluetooth connectivity and minimize location sharing. Back up your data regularly; if you become a victim of ransomware or malware, the only way to restore your data is with a recently performed backup. Lock your devices with a PIN or password.
Update Operating Systems
Keep your operating system as current as possible. This also goes for apps on your phone; take special care to update apps that you use to conduct financial or personal business. Turn on automatic system updates for your devices and make sure your desktop web browser uses automatic security updates.
Install Anti-Virus Protection
One of the easiest and most effective ways you can keep your personal information, as well company information, secure while traveling. Use anti-virus software from trusted vendors and only run once anti-virus tool on your device.
At Datasmith, one of our core values is “Attention to Detail”. We know that it’s important to pay careful attention to everything to avoid misunderstandings and perform confidently. While you’re enjoying your summer, we also hope that you pay attention to your technology to avoid anything that seems questionable or suspicious.
Interested in learning more about how to best leverage IT? Contact us today to have all your questions answered!