Cyber Hygiene

Cyber Hygiene

Cyber hygiene means adopting a security-centric mindset and habits that help individuals and organizations mitigate potential online breaches. A fundamental principle of cyber hygiene is that it becomes part of everyday routine. Cyber security is a huge concern for everyone using the Internet. The good news is there are many steps you can take to protect your identity and information online.

Recycle old computers
When you are ready to recycle an old computer, make sure you’ve copied all of the files you want to save. Then make sure your hard drive is erased or destroyed so no one can access your files. Donating unwanted computer equipment to a charity is a great way to help others. If that is not an option, then find a recycling program that accepts your hardware.

Practice good password management
Always build your passwords with a good mix of characters and don’t use the same password for all your accounts. Change your passwords on a regular basis. Avoid sharing your passwords with others or writing them down. Using a password manager can help you to keep track of multiple passwords.

Multi-Factor Authentication

Is a multi-setup account login process that requires users to enter more information than just a password. For example, along with the password, users might be asked to enter a code sent to there email, SMS, or multi-authentication applications like Cisco DUO.

Don’t leave devices alone
If you must leave your electronic devices unsupervised, shut them down and lock them up. Turn on find my device where applicable.

Educating yourself

Learn about the latest cyber threats and best practices for online safety and security. This can include regular training and reminders for employees in a workplace setting. A great resource for this is Cyber Security & Infrastructure Security Agency

Avoid suspicious links in email
Many viruses are spread via attachments and links. If you see something suspicious, don’t click on it. Go back to the original website URL or call the provider to find out if it is legitimate.

Avoiding social engineering attacks
Only conduct banking, shopping or other sensitive browsing on your own device with a network that you trust. Do not use public computers or free café Wi-Fi to access sensitive data.

Be careful on social media
Be careful what you’re sharing on social networks. Criminals can befriend you and easily gain access to information like where you work and when you’re on vacation. This information helps them access more valuable data.

Keeping apps, software, and firmware up to date

Update apps, web browsers, operating systems, and firmware regularly to make they are using the latest versions, which have eliminated or patched possible security glitches. Where possible, set up features to ensure automatic software updates. Delete apps you no longer use. Download apps from reputable or official sources.

Encrypting devices

Encrypt devices and other media which contains sensitive data – including laptops, tablets, smartphones, removable drives, backup tapes and cloud storage.


Use anti-virus software
Keep your computer protected by updating your anti-virus software. In addition, back up your data regularly.

Monitor your accounts
Check your accounts frequently for suspicious activity. If something looks wrong, contact your provider immediately. Consider using an ID Theft Protection, like LifeLock.

Report identity theft
If you suspect someone has stolen your identity, report it immediately and create a recovery plan.

Follow security tips
Keep yourself safe online by following the free security tips and resources provided by the Federal Trade Commission.