Quick things you can do:
- Keep security software and all other software (including your OS) on your device current. Having all the latest updates on software is one of the best ways to protect your data and devices. If you’re someone who forgets updates, it might be helpful to see if you’re able to turn on automatic updates.
- Use strong passwords and passphrases to protect your accounts. When you can, set up multi-factor authentication so only you, the authorized user is able to access the account.
- Limit access to data/systems to only the employees that require it to preform their job duties.
- A clean machine is a secure machine. Only install programs that you absolutely need to. Most companies should have rules in place for what you can and can’t install.
- If you have any inkling of a doubt that an email is not what it seems to be, throw it out before you click on anything.
The best prevention is awareness. Even just a short employee training session can improve the security of your data and devices.