Cyber-security is just as important when using our smartphones as when working online.
Security is ‘only as good as the weakest link’, a rule that applies to cyber-security. This article identifies five critical rules to follow regarding digital security:
- Use strong passwords, at least eight characters, different ones for different sites. A password manager automatically generates long, complex passwords for accounts with one master password.
- Use multi-factor (two-step) authentication (as used by banks) where a phone code is used and a login and password—you can generally add this feature to most online accounts.
- Don’t overshare. Smartphone cameras can automatically capture our location, but this feature could compromise security. Ensure the photo location feature is off by default.
- Don’t share data about friends. Sharing your address book may compromise others. If you are interested to see if your friends are using a service, ask them.
- Stay sceptical
Worth thinking about the consequences of not following these rules.