My advice for 2017... Don't Click!
Of course, that's easier said than done. We've discussed phishing and malicious email here, here and here.
But on a more practical note, and because I like things that come in 3's, here's some info from the way-back machine... it's advice from Brian Krebs from 2011. It is his 3 basic rules for online safety. They are every bit as relevant now as when this was first published. And it was relevant for years before that.
The 3 rules are:
- If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it - this means when you get a pop-up asking you to install some software... don't click! Only install software that you look for and intend to use. And, wherever possible, install from reputable websites. Do your research.
- If you installed it, update it - After you install the software you want, you need to keep it up to date. This is not trivial, but I like using Secunia PSI (Personal Software Inspector) on my home systems for keeping software up to date.
- If you no longer need it, remove it - software will have vulnerabilities. The less software you have, the fewer opportunities there are for vulnerabilities and malware. This is especially true on your smartphone and tablet, where excess software really slows the performance of the device.
Here's to a safe and secure 2017!