Cybersecurity Awareness Month: How individuals and businesses can stay vigilant
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the Identity Theft Resource Center is providing tips to keep consumers and companies safe.
TechRepublic’s Karen Roby talked with Eva Velasquez, the president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center about Cybersecurity Awareness Month and tips for individuals and businesses. The following is an edited transcript of their interview.
Eva Velasquez: We tell people to practice good cyber hygiene because that’s sort of intuitive and easy to understand that hygiene is doing a lot of little steps in order to get a big bang for your buck at the end. So if you went into a doctor and said, “Doc, what’s the one thing that I can do to practice good hygiene?” You’re probably not going to get the answer of, “Well, just brush your teeth.” Your doctor’s going to tell you to do all of these little things: eat right, get enough sleep, de-stress, take a shower, and brush your teeth.
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And it’s the same with cyber hygiene: little things. Don’t overshare your information on social media platforms. Please use complex passwords, don’t use them across multiple accounts, and change them frequently. If you get incoming communication, something that’s coming into you like a data breach notification, follow up on that. It’s very simple. All of these little steps add up into you, essentially, reducing your risk surface and making it that much harder for the thieves to commit identity crimes against your good name.
Karen Roby: What are some of the common things that people do wrong?
Eva Velasquez: It really depends on who you are, and how you…