Our team at Aggie Technologies NC, LLC has extensive experience in the IT industry, and we are experts in IT security. A large part our work consists of helping people improve their security efforts, and in many cases, this requires educating them about bad security habits. In this article, we’ll go over three common habits that weaken your IT security.
- Not Updating Your Software – If you don’t update your software in a timely manner, you are making your IT security measures less effective. The longer a program has been out there, the more time hackers have had to exploit its weaknesses. Updating your software as soon as the next update becomes available allows you to stay one step ahead of any bad actors.
- Using Weak Passwords – Another common example of bad IT security habits is using weak passwords or reusing the same password for multiple sites. Hackers have a variety of tools to help them crack short, simple passwords and guess common variants, and if you use that password on multiple accounts, then they can all get hacked at once. To prevent this from happening, use a password manager to generate strong, unique passwords for each site and to keep track of them for you.
- Nor Protecting All Devices – A third common mistake we see when it comes to IT security is not installing protection software on all your smart devices. These days, TVs, phones, tablets, and many more devices are connected to the internet, and we encourage you to protect all of them with robust anti-virus software to prevent them from being exploited.