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Friday, 17 March 2017 15:30

Cybersecurity principle #3: Beware the shiny and new

This post is short and sweet, but very important. Most of us are drawn to new tech toys, but at the same time, we resist change. We want the latest and greatest, and yet a part of us resists the added security responsibility that comes with new technology. This is something we need to be very aware of in the cybersecurity sphere.

The shiny, new rules are basic: If you installed it, update it. Keep your software up-to-date to ensure vulnerabilities that have been patched by the vendor are patched in your environment.

If you did not specifically search a topic online and the topic is presented to you, ignore it. Cyber criminals create targeted topics to lure you down a path to malware.

If it’s too old for the owner/manufacturer to update it, it’s too old for you.

Use the principle of shiny and new to your advantage;  update and change your passwords, security questions and other features of identity-proofing frequently.

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