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5 Common Security Mistakes to Avoid for New Laptop Owners

Laptop SecurityWithout proper digital security, your personal and financial information can be stolen leaving you vulnerable to theft.

If you have recently purchased a laptop, there are a few essential security measures you can take to avoid this from happening.

Read below for the 5 most common security mistakes you should avoid with your new laptop.

1. Connecting to Unknown or Insecure WiFi Networks 

If you are using your laptop outside your home or office, be careful about connecting to WiFi. Hackers can steal your data when you sign on to an insecure WiFi network.

If the WiFi network is open and you are not required to enter a password or agree to terms, it could be a scam to take your information. Stick to secure WiFi signal from known networks when possible.

2. Leaving Your WebCam Active

If you typically use your webcam for video conferencing you should first invest in a webcam cover to block the video feed when you do not wish to use it.

However, just blocking video is not enough. Hackers can get audio from your meetings as well. The best way to protect yourself is to know when the WebCam is active and turn it off when you are not using it.

3. Not Backing Up Your Computer 

Back up the files on your laptop often. If your laptop is stolen or it crashes, you will want an easy way to access important files. 

Just because you have a new computer does not mean that it is resilient from crashing, so back up your computer securely and in a few different formats.

4. Poor Password Selection and Management 

Create a secure password with numbers and letters instead of words or phrases. Do not write your password on a post-it note or a notebook at your desk. Use unique passwords for different accounts.

If you typically have difficulty remembering your password you can use a password manager to assist you. 

Choosing strong passwords and changing your password regularly is the best way to keep your laptop and data secure. 

5. Physically Protecting Your Laptop 

Due to their mobile nature, laptops can easily be stolen. Carry your laptop on your person at all times and do not leave it anywhere without supervision. If you are leaving your laptop at work or at home for an extended period of time, lock it up in a secure cabinet or drawer.

You may also be able to equip your laptop with a tracking system so that if it is stolen, it is easier to trace. 

Stay Away From Common Security Mistakes

Owning a laptop requires vigilance at all times. Making smart decisions about the sites you visit, the attachments you download, and the passwords you create can protect you from a cybersecurity disaster.

If you can avoid the common security mistakes listed above, you are already decreasing your risk. Go with your gut - if something feels suspicious, it probably is.

For more security and technology tips, take a look at our blog.