Minimize Cyber Exposure

December 29, 2014

Minimize Cyber Exposure

Cyber Monday, holiday shopping, cyber exposure in general for individuals and businesses alike is becoming more of a constant thought in accessing our risk management. During this holiday season, and as a rule of thumb all year long, it is a good idea to adopt these tips from the experts at CNA’s Cyber Preparedness Center.

General Security

  1. Make sure passwords are at least eight characters long and contain both uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as special characters.
  2. Consider using a phrase to help create your password. For example, “Jack and Jill went up the hill,” becomes “J_Jwuth.”
  3. Never use the “Remember Password” software feature offered by various applications
  4. Never use personal information when creating passwords
  5. Remember, the longer and more complicated the password, the less likely it is to be broken.

Mobile Security

  1. Turn on screen locking (e.g., password, PIN, swipe pattern) on your mobile device.
  2. Perform a factory reset to wipe all data when disposing an old mobile device.
  3. Avoid storing confidential or otherwise sensitive information on a mobile device, including passwords, bank account or credit card numbers.
  4. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when they’re not needed.
  5. Delete text messages that contain sensitive information.

Home network security

  1.   Make sure wireless networks are password protected.
  2.  Consider changing default passwords for your network devices (e.g. modem or wireless access point) often.
  3.   Never use personal information that can identify you or your location when creating wireless network names or passwords.
  4.   Remember, protect yourself from malicious software by staying up to date on virus protection software.
  5.   Consider visiting  to learn how to keep kids safe on the web.

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