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As we become increasingly reliant on technology, we must improve our online security measures. These eight behaviours will assist you in recognising and counteracting threats to your digital security, reducing your vulnerability to assaults.

1. Think twice before opening attachments or clicking on links.

Even if an email looks like it’s from someone you know, take care with attachments. Take that extra second to avoid walking into a digitally dangerous situation. Don’t reply to the email because the sender’s identity might have been compromised.

2. Verify requests for private information.

Whenever you are requested to provide private information (yours or anyone else’s), verify the identity of the requester — even if it appears to be somebody you know. Con artists are clever in how they collect information to steal information and identities. Even if you think you’re safe, regularly check your financial statements and credit reports.

3. Protect your passwords.

Never reveal your passwords to anyone. Make them long, strong, unique and use multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible.

  • Use a password manager such as LastPass or RoboForm.
  • Use different passwords for different accounts.
  • Use different passwords for work and home.
  • Don’t let apps and websites remember your passwords.

4. Protect your stuff!

Keep a close eye on your belongings when you’re in public places. Lock things up or take them with you before you leave, even if you’ll only be away for a second. When you’re at work, secure your area and lock your computer screen before leaving your desk. Take your phone and other portable items with you.

5. Keep your devices, browsers, and apps up to date.

At home, automate software updates and periodically restart your devices to ensure that updates are fully installed. UC Davis Health IT manages workstation updates and restarts.

6. Back up critical files.

Store backups in a physically separate location from the originals and periodically test them. For critical work files, use storage options that are approved by UC Davis Health IT. For personal files, save a backup on a separate drive (e.g., cloud or encrypted USB) to securely store it.

7. Delete sensitive information when it’s no longer needed.

India employees should follow the India Records Retention Schedule that defines the period of time that records should be retained and when they should be destroyed.

8. If it’s suspicious, report it!

Learn how to recognize suspected scams and other suspicious activities. Report other cybersecurity concerns to the Help Desk: 155260 INDIA.

Mayank Rajkumar

Mayank Rajkumar

Mayank Rajkumar Sambare is a Young Indian Entrepreneur, Ethical Hacker, and Cyber Security Expert from Nagpur, Maharashtra. Mayank is a 28 years old Young Business Magnate. At Young age, He is CEO, Founder, and Director of the Cybersecurity company ” CODELANCER CYBER SECURITY AND FORENSICS “. CEH | CHFI | OSCP | CISSP | RHCSA | RHCE | MTSA

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