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Security dos and don'ts

Security dos and don'ts

Solid security is, in many ways, complicated.

Fortunately, there are a few basics you can follow to tighten up your security right away and get high ROI from your efforts.

Check out our list of security dos and don't below.

 

Cyber liability insurance

Make sure you're financially covered when disaster hits.


Do



Don't

  • DON'T wait until you need your policy to make sure you're sufficiently covered.

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Data backup and disaster recovery

Data backup is the backbone of a disaster recovery plan.


Do



Don't

  • DON'T assume your backups are working without testing.

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Hard drive disposal

Properly dispose your data storage devices.


Do

  • Destroy hard drives before disposing.

  • If destroying the drive is not an option (such as when selling a device with unremovable storage), reformat the drive and overwrite the free space.



Don't

  • DON'T just throw away your hard drive when you've retired it.

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Links

Links are of the common ways that threatware spreads.


Do

  • Think before you click.

  • Go directly to the appropriate website rather than click the link.



Don't

  • DON'T click a link just because it was sent to you as "URGENT!"

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Passwords and logins

Make sure you're covering the basics of account logins.


Do



Don't

  • DON'T use weak passwords.

  • DON'T reuse passwords.

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Physical device security

Local access is a great option for breaches.


Do

  • Lock devices when leaving them unattended.



Don't

  • DON'T leave devices unlocked when attended.

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Software patches

They're more than pesky pop-up reminders.


Do



Don't

  • DON'T ignore software patches.

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User access and permissions

Know who's clicking around where.


Do

  • Disable obsolete user accounts.

  • Give users access only to the files and directories necessary to fulfill their duties.



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