Cyber Security: How to Mitigate Your Risk


Cyber crime is grabbing the attention of the whole country and has been one of the hottest topics of 2020. Not only are businesses of all sizes being targeted but there has been a sharp uptick in cyber crime against individuals and families. While it’s impossible to completely prevent, there are measures that you can take to mitigate your risk:

1. When setting passwords for your online accounts, use at least 10-15 characters that are complex and include numbers, letters and symbols.

2.  Use multi-factor authentication for all accounts where this is available.

3. Never open attachments or click links in emails from senders you do not know.

4. Never use public Wifi.

5. Limit posting on social media, especially when on vacation or away for an extended period of time.

6.  Do not allow applications to use geo-location.

7. Never click “Unsubscribe Me” links on spam and promotional email, as that can validate that you’re an active user, which can invite more spam. It’s also possible that the unsubscribe link can be corrupt and will download malware. Instead, mark the email as spam, and delete it.

8. Speak with your insurance broker about what cyber coverage may be available for you and your family. Many homeowner policies have optional cyber coverage that you can purchase.

For more information contact: 
Christopher F. McDonald | Amaden Gay Agencies
P.O. Box 5004 | 11 Gay Road | East Hampton, NY 11937 | P 631.324.0041 ext. 341 | F 631.324.0671 |