It’s that time of year again! We clean up our homes, open all the windows, brush out all the dust. So why not tidy up our computers too? Here are a few simple tips and tricks to get your security spring cleaning under way!
1. Reset passwords for your most often used accounts.
You’ve probably been using the same passwords for months, but remember that passwords should be treated like a toothbrush and changed regularly. Spring is the perfect time to do that – we clean out our fridges, so clean out your password vault and stock it with new, strong passwords. 8+ characters, upper & lower case, numbers + symbols.
2. Check your backup situation.
How much space do you have left on your backup drives? Is it time to invest in a new one? Remember that most external drives have a lifespan of around 5-7 years so if any of your drives are approaching their winter days, start looking for deals online to buy a new drive and transfer your data. If you’re using cloud backup, go through and do a little inventory. How much space do you have left? Any dupes you can get rid of to clean up space?
3. Update Software.
Make sure all of your anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware software is current and up to date, but also make sure your OS and software you use on a regular basis is up to date. Sometimes security vulnerabilities can get us when we haven’t been diligent about keeping things current.
4. Spruce up your Spam filters.
After you change our your air filter, go through your spam filters and see if you can’t beef them up a little bit. Work on keyword filtering. A lot of mail programs and mail servers learn over time as you tell them what you consider spam. So spend some time to improve your spam filters. The less spam you get, the fewer phishing scams you will receive putting you at risk!