How do we keep our data safe in the modern age? Andy Mazur, technical manager for Shelby based marketing firm Envigor, explains some of the most common mistakes people make when attempt to keep their computer data safe.
“One of the biggest ones is simple passwords. Using something that can be easily guessed by a program. A lot of hackers use a method called brute forcing.That's just a program that has a huge list of random names, letters, characters, and they just run through each of those trying to break into your account. Having a strong password, a strong password being something with uppercase, lowercase letters, numbers, a combination of that, will help prevent that.”
Andy Mazur also recommend people use caution when using the internet on an open wifi network such as freely through a business. “When you’re browsing on an open network, something not secure, where you don’t have to enter a password, there are various ways to ensure to prevent your information from being stolen. For example, just making sure the website you’re browsing is encrypted. I’m sure you’ve seen the little green lock or the https in the web URL; that's always a good thing.”
A VPN Is also recommended for open networks. It allows users to connect to a private network and encrypts all the traffic between the networks, preventing from any nearby hackers from accessing your data through the open network.
He also recommends two factor authentication. “Instead of just typing in your password for your account, you type in your password and a secondary code. That code is usually sent via text or applications on your phone that can generate these numbers, Basically you're entering a password and a unique number that only your phone has access to.”
Andy Mazur recommends reaching out to your trusted technical support if you have questions about the best software for your computer.