Your friends in IT SECURITY Post author:Sameer Zama Post published:September 4, 2018 The digital age is upon us. Information Technology and Security two big technical jargons to deal in. Especially when you are a cyber-security professional who understands the importance of being secured in today’s world of viruses and threats. A huge damage can be caused by someone in a remote city over the internet to your families and friends personal data. Cybercriminals carefully exploit loopholes to steal information and perform unauthorized transactions across devices and applications that are not secured enough. How important is your family and friends being secured? Buying a smartphone, a laptop or an iPad can be the easiest task but being secure while using these IT assets can be very tough. Very recently in a conversation with my family about the growing ransomwares it was a personal thrill or a surprise for me to listen and understand on the knowledge they have relating to information security perspectives. For my people I was always an officer trying to scare them of dos and don’ts when browsing online or using social media or while trying to download any software. Everyone treated me as an old professor who gives lectures on security in today’s generation where the online environment is pretty dynamic. In other words, I could never make them certainly realize on the importance of being cyber secured to lead a healthy browsing life. So I decided to make them understand in another way where they relate their daily life incidents with the security standpoints. For sure I knew my family and friends understood about the viruses, bad or spam emails, unrecognized attachments, junk content and many more. Important thing for me was to make them understand on the effects of all these to their systems or their personal data and how to stay away from them. I introduced all my loving people to some of the good friends in IT Security in a get together at home. 1. Robust Passwords: All my friends and family use their own passwords in their daily life. A strong password is their first friend. Password that has more than 12 characters and is a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols in it is healthy. Always use passwords which can be remembered easily. Never use same passwords for different applications that u use in the daily life. With this a new question that bothers my people is how to remember many passwords? 2. Password Vaults: The second friend who can help my people in keeping the passwords safe without remembering them is a vault. All our daily work home life applications and system passwords, PIN numbers or security answers can be stored here. A little cost to investment onto the password vaults can make our life easy and simple. 3. 2 Factor Authentication: An initial safety while logging in your devices and accessing any transactions is important. 2 or Multi factor authentication is your third friend who will warn and safeguard you from different frauds. This means you provide an information that you know which can be your passcode or you provide information that you have or can receive like a code sent through text message to the phone or something that you are like your fingerprints or the facial scan. This will make sure more than once that the person accessing the information is you and hence its safe. 4. Secure Home network: All my friends have their own wireless network at home. When setting up the network a secure home network is your fourth friend. It is important to ensure a very strong WPA-2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) password. Regular updating of the WPA is important. If it works for your household, update its settings to NOT broadcast its name the SSID. If not, use an SSID that does not include your name or other distinguishing names and use a name that is applicable to anyone in general. 5. Antivirus Software: A safe and secure antivirus software is the fifth friend. All the computers used by my dear ones must have antivirus software’s which detects, prevents, and removes malicious software on your computer. You can install trusted antivirus software of any brand. Cybersecurity does not have to be terrifying or inconvenient. Investigate the sender of each piece of information sent to you to be secured.