Beauceron CEO David Shipley spoke with New Brunswick's business site Huddle Today about what's going in the world of cybersecurity and how everyday folks can protect themselves from a deluge of digital threats.
“The good news is Maritimers are no worse off than the rest of the world. The bad news is the rest of the world generally doesn’t have a clue what’s going on and how bad things are. I say that without hyperbole,” says David Shipley, cybersecurity expert based in New Brunswick and CEO of Beauceron Security.
David Shipley’s 8 Tips to Protect Yourself
- Don’t reuse passwords.
- Keep your operating systems on your laptop, tablets, smartphone, home security cameras etc, updated. Make a regular monthly check for updates, especially on IoT machines.
- Do not do sensitive or personal banking, social media access or work access from any computer you allow teenagers to use. They are really apt to download software that will make it a high probability that the machine will become infected with Malware.
- Keep the shared family computer in a visible area in your home. Make sure younger children are supervised when on the web.
- Whether you have a Mac or PC, you need to have good antivirus and anti-malware software. There are some good free and paid options out there. Do some research.
- Backup. Keep a backup of your material on-site in your home and keep a reasonable backup of your material in a safe second location, not in your home. So many parts of our lives are tied up with our digital devices. The issue of ransomware can be catastrophic if you don’t have good backup hygiene. Having a backup drive attached to your device is not enough. Those can get attacked too.
- Be suspicious of everything. When receiving text messages and emails from social media sites, banks, Amazon, Canada Post, etc., take time and look at the email carefully. Check the links before you click on them to make sure they’re going where you think you’re going. This is still the number one way of compromising people.
- Register for HaveIBeenPwned.com to see if any of your accounts have already been compromised and to get notifications if they are in the future.