Are looking for advice on how to build stronger cybersecurity habits?

A leading remote work, learning and customer engagement software company has provider could have the answer.

LogMeIn APAC vice president Lindsay Brown said as we are more connected than ever,  with 91 per cent of people creating at least one new account this year.

“A lot of the focus for this past year and a half has been on self-care and allowing your body and mind to rest but with cyberattacks increasing, people need to ensure that their cyber-hygiene is up to scratch to save the headache of trying to retrieve personal information being stolen,” she said.

LastPass’ Psychology of Passwords 2021 reports that although 92 per cent of people know it’s a risk to reuse one password for many accounts, 65 per cent do it anyway.

“This only makes it easy for a hack to occur as one account is merely a breadcrumb that will lead to an entire network of confidential information,” she said.

“It’s time to regain the power and check in with yourself to make sure you’re using best practices as a cybersecurity self-care check.”

See Ms Brown’s tips on being cybersafe below:

Tips on how to build stronger cybersecurity

I don’t reuse passwords by making them complex

LastPass’ Psychology of Password 2021 reports that 68 per cent of people who reuse their passwords are afraid of forgetting them. The risk of reusing passwords is that as soon as one account is hacked into, it becomes very easy to use the same username and password combination on other website. If you need a little help, here is a password generator.

I use phrases mixed with numbers and symbols for my password

A passphrase is a long sentence or series of words, typically something random or have personal meaning without being tied to personal information. Make it something memorable and sprinkle some numbers and symbols. For example, “a$tr0ngP4ssw0rd!”. By making your password more complex, it will make it difficult for a hacker to crack.

I use MFA

Using MFA will add a second layer of security for you to verify your identity which will not only deter hackers but will ensure you’re the only one accessing your information.

My social media accounts are set to private

Cyberattackers often comb through public profiles to capture what may seem like harmless information and leverage it to hack accounts outside of your social media. Minimise public posts or keep your social media set to private.

I’ve changed my password since working remotely

By regularly updating your password, you reduce the risk of anyone being able to frequently access your account. Did you know 46 per cent of respondents didn’t strengthen their passwords while working remotely and 44 per cent shared sensitive information and passwords for professional accounts while working remotely?

I have a password manager

LastPass reports that 91 per cent of people have created at least one new account this year, with 90 per cent of people stating they have up to 50 online apps/accounts. It can be hard to create a unique password for each so a password manager will save you the hassle of creating, memorising, and filling your passwords.