Maintain Updates

Updating devices and software is an essential step towards securing yourself from malicious activity. These updates often address security flaws as well as stability and usability issues, maintaining updates is a good idea in general. In our section on Updating we offer some external resources and information on how to protect yourself with updates. 

Use Anti-Malware Software

Anti-Malware software is an effective defense against malicious programs, we have more resources and information about how to protect yourself from the many varieties of malware threatening devices and operating systems of all types. Please continue to our Malware section for more information. 

Use Encryption Wherever Possible

More and more devices and operating systems make encryption available, low-impact, and easy to configure. By using encryption wherever possible you are protecting your privacy and the confidentiality or your data. Please visit our page on Privacy for more information and resources. 

Use a Password Manager

Password managers are useful tools for generating new unique strong passwords for sites and services, as well as a method for securely storing those passwords. A password manager should be a part of everyone's toolkit. Please visit our article on Passwords for more information and resources for obtaining and using a password manager. 

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

Two or Multi-Factor Authentication is another layer of defense for your personal information and should be used wherever possible. Many services now make Two or Multi-Factor authentication an option, visit our section on Passwords to explore this more. 

Do not log in as Administrator

Logging in to your computer with an administrator account is risky, opening up the possibility for malicious software to install itself or change settings without you noticing. Please read our article on How to Not Login as Administrator (and still get your job done) to identify whether or not you are using an administrator account for every-day use and for instructions on how to stop.

Schedule Regular Backups

Having a backup run regularly and storing it in a secure location will help you recover from disaster or malware with your important data intact.  More information in our Physical Security section. 

Protect your Browser

Another way to avoid malware is to use trusted addons, plug-ins, or extensions with your browser to block and warn you about unsafe activity. For a list of suggested addons/extensions/plug-ins please visit our Privacy section.

Know your Devices

You should keep an eye on you laptop, tablet, or phone while you are in public to avoid theft, however sometimes theft is unavoidable. We offer a few ways you can aid authorities in recovering your items in our Physical Security section.

Be Vigilant about Your Privacy

Protect your identity and the identities of those you associate with - there are many ways 3rd parties can gain personally identifiable information about you with and without your consent. Learn some warning signs and tips on protecting your privacy in our Privacy section. ​