Cybersecurity and You

Reports of breaches in cybersecurity flood the news.  Every time you turn around, a hacker in the dark corner of the web accesses information that does not belong to him.

 

In a world where so much of our time involves personal and workplace business online, the threat of becoming a target of cybercrime has grown greatly.  Though an initial reaction might be to erase your digital footprint completely and never use the internet again, through careful practice and an acute awareness of causes of cyber threats, you can more safely carry on your daily internet use.

 

Janeth Hager, IT Manager for PTCI, shares, “Cyber criminals are not only attacking businesses, but individuals as well.  Knowledge is key in order to protect ourselves.  Be leery of emails coming from banks or credit card companies asking for important information.  Be sure to backup important files and documents on a regular basis.  PTCI implemented Cyber Security Awareness Training for our employees.  We’ll soon be extending free workshops for our customers.”

 

You may have heard the adage, “The best defense is a good offense.” This is particularly true when implementing a sound cybersecurity protection plan.  A proactive approach to securing your devices and the information on them is the best way to protect yourself from falling prey to an attack.

Cyber Self-Defense

 

Cybersecurity is defined as the protection of computer systems from the theft or damage to the hardware, software or the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

  • Always use a reputable, real-time antivirus software, such as SecureIT. Keep your software’s virus definitions updated and schedule frequent scans.
  • Be cautious of clicking links or opening attachments sent in email. Scammers can disguise themselves as someone you know to send harmful emails. If the email seems strange, or doesn’t make sense, it is best not to click the link or open the attachment.
  • Disregard pop-up windows containing urgent messages urging you to purchase software that removes a virus it claims to have found. The window may even appear legitimate and appear to be scanning your computer. This is scareware; it’s purpose is to pressure you into installing malware through fear.
  • Choose a strong password that has at least 12 characters; includes numbers, symbols, capital letters, lower-case letters; isn’t a dictionary word; doesn’t rely on common suggestions, like “4” for “A”.

 

Attend PTCI’s Cybersecurity Training Workshop Tuesday, March 21 at 5:30 PM located at 607 South Main Street. To receive more information about PTCI’s future cybersecurity workshops, call 580-338-2556 or follow PTCI on Facebook and Twitter. To receive more information on SecureIT visit ptci.net or call 580-338-2556.