A Cyber Security Guide For Laypeople

A Cyber Security Guide For Laypeople

May 16, 2019 The Beacon Blog, Uncategorized 0 Comments

The peerlyst.com website is usually filled with technical discussions. However a recent contributor Kim Crawley posted a guide aimed at laypeople which is worth sharing. (Warning: although the post at https://www.peerlyst.com/posts/a-consumer-endpoint-security-guide-for-laypeople-kimberly-crawley is worth reading for its links for more information, it also includes personal experience of the author which should be skipped.)

In summary, here are the guidelines:

  • Passwords: no matter how often it’s emphasized, it cannot be stressed too much that passwords must be strong and customized. Use something personal but not based on your online information and use a mix of letters, numbers and other characters. There are password managers online that generate strong passwords and store them. Never share a password.
  • Two factor authentication: since password breaches are a matter of “when, not if” using a second factor will make it more difficult to break into an account. Most internet services will have links to set this up.
  • If you have a mobile device or iPhone, set up an application to find and remotely lock it if it is lost.
  • Use an antivirus service for all your devices.
  • Get automatic updates for all systems.

About the Author

Harry Cylinder

Harry Cylinder, CPCU, ARM has spent nearly fifty years in the insurance industry, the majority of the time as a consultant. He has been employed by The Beacon Group of Companies since 2008, specializing in the review and analysis of property and casualty coverage forms. Mr. Cylinder has been reviewing policy forms as they have evolved over the past decades. In 2008 he published an article in the CPCU Journal which was the first description of cyber insurance coverage for a general insurance audience. Since that time he has regularly written on cyber and other topics for The Beacon Companies’ blog.