Cybersecurity Hygiene

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Marcelo Orlandi
Cybersecurity Hygiene

You may or not be aware that last month, October was the national cybersecurity awareness month, mainly in US.

 

During that month there were a number of activities to increase awareness of companies and end-users regarding cybersecurity threats and how to be alert while protected from external factors.

One point which I believe is interesting to mention was “Cyber Security Hygiene.” If we look at the definition of Hygiene we will find out that in Wikipedia says “…it is a set of practices performed for the preservation of health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Hygiene refers to conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases”.

 

Now, if we try to translate this definition into IT terms it should look like something like “…a set of practices performed for the preservation of a device, meaning computer, mobile, etc.”

Now how do we preserve those devices? Some initial thoughts are through:

  • Installing security updates and patches
  • Using a good antivirus
  • Browsing well-known websites
  • Paying attention to emails received to make sure we don’t click on links that can take us to bad reputation websites
  • and so on

It looks like a lot of work to evaluate when using a computer, but the same applies when we consider this from the health perspective:

  • Wash your hands
  • Keep your nose clean
  • Wear a winter jacket on cold days to keep your body warm
  • Protect yourself from the sun
  • and so on

As you can see the list can go on and on, and while it may seem daunting, all of these little habits are important.

Keep a good Cyber Security Hygiene and you will have a good surfing experience. Be safe out there, until next Malware Monday.