Monday 30th November 2020

BLOG: Computer Security Day – What Precautions Should You Take?

In this blog post, we will briefly discuss Computer Security Day and the steps that can be taken in order to protect your computer security.  

The purpose of Computer Security Day is to remind us to protect our computers. Technology is becoming more intricate and complex every day, this then creates much more threats and vulnerabilities in regard to protecting the people who use it.  

Computer usage in this era is very important in order to stay connected, especially given the current circumstances with working from home, online banking, online shopping, and more.  

The history of this day derives from the increase in the number of computer users was rapidly increasing in the 1980s, particularly within business and government sectors. As a result, in 1988, The Association for Computer Security launched the first Computer Security Day to raise awareness concerning computer security a few weeks after the Morris Worm malware was detected on November 2, 1988. It affected nearly 10% of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET).   

Computer Security has become essential since computer usage for processing and storing important data in offices, businesses, schools, and government institutions. While organisations will use threat intelligence and vulnerability management to help protect their systems, individuals can’t rely on companies alone to protect them. They have to follow good cyber practices to also stay safe. 

Computer Security Tips:  

Protect your email by using a strong and separate password  

  • Cybercriminals and threat actors can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft.  

Install the latest software and app updates  

  • Software and app updates contain vital security updates to help protect your devices from cybercriminals.  

Turn on two-factor authentication on your accounts  

  • Two-factor authentication keeps your account safe and secure.  

Password managers: how they help you secure passwords  

  • Using a password manager can help you create and remember passwords, alongside having them in a convenient place.  

Always back up your most important data  

  • Safeguard your most important data, such as your photos and key documents, by backing them up to an external hard drive or a cloud-based storage system. 

For an example of the intricate steps that threat actors and cybercriminals take in order to compromise data, please read our “Gone Phishing” blog here 

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