Top 5 Security Measures to a Good Digital Hygiene
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.
Surely, your corporate IST (Information Security Team) can implement excellent firewalls, anti-spam and antivirus scans, intrusion prevention, enforce upgrades and updates. Not to mention that you can also, lock down your corporate laptop to the level that you canâ€™t install a single program there, require passwords that are 30 symbols long and require that you insert your ID into a card-reader every time you want to log in. Thatâ€™s all good, but it isnâ€™t enough â€“ thereâ€™s also a human factor â€“ YOU, or more specifically, your behaviour.
So, what is Digital Hygiene?
There isnâ€™t a universal term for it, but I will use the same designation that Kersti Kaljulaid (current President of Estonia) said on this matter: Digital Hygiene. The principal is quite simple: if itâ€™s not ok in the analogue world, then itâ€™s not ok in the digital as well.
5 Security measures to stay “clean”
1. If you think itâ€™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 contains 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 not safe to leave private photos (or confidential documents) in a box next to the trash can outside, remember to sanitise 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, then use the same approach for anything you see offered online that is not thoroughly verified.
5. Last but not least, If you would never let anyone look at your credit card security code when you are paying for something, then be just as careful with public hotspots. Do not enter credit-cards, personal banking or investment account information from that kind of places.
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I would like to believe that most of these security measures should be at least common sense. Unfortunately, as a Cybersecurity Expert, I see 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.