Current trends in society project that the future will be characterized by digital currencies and cashless transactions. Although this version of the future may unlock great potential for the economy, the rising dependence on e-commerce also leaves many vulnerable to cyber crimes like identity theft and credit card fraud. Additionally, the shift to remote work has left many companies concerned about the identity security of their employees.
In order to protect yourself and your team from hackers and scammers, it’s important to take the appropriate steps to defend your information and identity. Unsecure devices can leave companies and individuals vulnerable, so check out a few simple tech upgrades that will help improve the security of your employees' devices.
1. Multi-factor Authentication
When it comes to cybersecurity, the weakest point in the system is often the individuals using technology. Many don’t use strong passwords on their personal and professional devices, but multi-factor authentication (MFA) can provide a line of defense against cyber attacks. MFA takes extra steps to confirm someone’s identity by requiring multiple forms of authentication. An email, phone call, or text message may all be used to authenticate a person’s identity in addition to a password. More companies should require MFA when working on company devices to boost security and protect against human error.
2. Physical Security Keys
Another line of security for organizational devices can be provided in the form of a physical security key. These keys come in the form of USBs and serve as an additional form of security after a password. In order to access a device, you’d need to input the correct password and use the key. If a hacker attempted to breach your device and figured out your password, if your device required a physical security key they wouldn’t be able to access your information.
3. WiFi 6 Routers
Now that WiFi 6 routers are becoming more accessible, it may be worthwhile to upgrade your router for better security and bandwidth. WiFi 6 routers offer better battery life for mobile and smart home devices, decrease network congestion, lessen power consumption, and offer better internet security with WPA 3 encryption abilities. If you currently use an old router, upgrading yours soon would be another good line of defense against hackers.
4. Latest Software
In addition to passwords, another way human error can compromise cybersecurity is by failing to keep softwares up-to-date. Many employees are guilty of ignoring software updates, but these updates are crucial to fixing any bugs or vulnerabilities that hackers may be able to exploit. Having a routine system update is good practice for anyone who works or browses online.
With digital commerce and work being the way of the future, cybersecurity for companies and individuals alike is of the utmost importance. It’s important to lean on technology to help boost security and to safeguard against human error. For more information on the biggest company data breaches, the cost of identity theft, and cybersecurity best practices, check out the infographic from Mint below.