I think it’s fair to say that one cannot be an expert of everything – we just don’t have enough time.  However, it can be useful to learn the beginner levels of things that are useful to you. Do your own research, take classes, listen to others, and learn from experiences. I’m not an expert in Security Management, but there are simple things that I’ve learned to practice keeping my information, hardware, and software safe.

Here are some novice practices that might be worth learning more about:

Use passwords

It may seem like a requirement, and it often is, but on things like your phone and your personal computer, it is not always required to have a password. Always use a password when available. You don’t want your little toddler getting into your iPhone that easily, do you? Also, don’t use the same password for everything!

Update password regularly 

It’s one thing to have a password, but it is useless if others know it. It is good practice to update your password regularly i.e. every three months. This will make it difficult for others to catch on to anything they shouldn’t.

Update antivirus software

Always do your research and check what software is right for you and your situation (i.e. home vs work), but it is good to consider implementing software that protects your information (antivirus software). If you do choose to use the software, consider automatic updates!

Don’t leave hardware unattended

The technological protections will save you most of the time (i.e. passwords and antivirus software listed above), but it’s important not to forget the basics. Don’t leave your phone unattended, don’t leave your computer open when away from your desk – basically, don’t let others get their hands on your things. 

Watch for scams 

Sadly, people can be out to get you. Watch out for things like links sent in unexpected emails, requests for information you weren’t expecting to provide, etc. It is always good to use your common sense, and if it fails you, just always choose the “rather safe than sorry” route.

Don’t “random click” download 

Speaking of scams, it is never good to “random click” on just anything you come across. Bad things can be made to look appealing to those that aren’t careful. When you need something that requires a download, do your research and always get things from credible sources.

Although basic, it is nice to be reminded of the simpler things – in this case, Security for beginners!