Cyber security is not just about the technology tools that are on your computer and networks. It also involves physical security.
A cyber criminal can break into your system via a hacked password or a phishing email, but it can be even easier just to steal your laptop, tablet, or cell phone, especially if you don’t have those devices password-protected.
So, here are some things you should do to protect your devices from physical security threats.
First, lock your devices! You wouldn’t leave your car unlocked when you go into the store, would you? Even if it’s just for a quick potty break, make sure to lock your computer so someone who does not have authorization to access the same information as you can see your screen. They could also insert a flash drive to copy files…or, even worse, upload malware!
Lock your devices up at home. We often feel safer within our homes, but if a contractor in your home is working on your plumbing or your roommate is having a party, ensure your office and/or your laptop is locked up.
Be sure that when you are in a virtual meeting (e.g., Zoom, Teams), you don’t have any sensitive information visible on camera or on your desktop.
If you do not need a mobile device, leave it at home. If you know you have Derby guests coming in for a weekend party, leave your work laptop locked at the office. You won’t be working. Leave your work phone at home instead of taking it with you to the race track. You won’t be able to hear it ring anyway with all that crowd noise when your horse wins the Derby.
Remember that security breaches are all basically about access, whether it’s digital or physical access. Just use common sense to protect your devices as well as your accounts.
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