Stay Safe Online with Security Tips from Colorado’s New CISO

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Did you know that 99% of all cyberattacks require someone to open a file, click a link or carry out some other action?

Scammers are successful because none of us are perfect and neither is the technology we use. But when we do our part to stay educated and use best practices, we greatly improve our ability to protect our own information and any data we access at work from falling into the wrong hands.

“The weakest link is always ourselves,” says Ray Yepes, state Chief Information Security Officer. “We all make mistakes, so a key to security is constant education.”

Technology moves fast, but by remembering a few key best practices you can significantly reduce your risk. Here are some ways to stay safe online:

  1. Stay educated and up to date on best practices and trends.
  2. Don’t click on links or attachments from unknown sources.
  3. Always make use of a password or code to unlock any device.
  4. Limit how much of your info you put on the internet. It can never be fully deleted.
  5. If you are working remotely, make sure to secure your wireless network. Use encryption and avoid public Wi-Fi networks.
  6. Learn how to recognize phishing emails and scams.
  7. Use multifactor authentication for everything you do.
  8. Be password smart. Longer is better, and don’t reuse them!