Cybersecurity for desktop devices and cybersecurity for mobile ones are two completely different worlds. Each type of device is exposed to different kinds of cybersecurity threats, which is why mobile safety measures won’t always work on computers. However, there’s no need to worry because we’ve put together a short guide on some of the best NIST security measures other than installing an anti-virus program.
#1 Activate a Pop-Up Blocker
Pop-up blockers are free browser extensions that block programs and websites online. Installing a pop-up blocker takes only a few minutes but the benefits are enormous. Even though there are many harmless pop-ups online, such as discounts and offers on legitimate sites, you can never be 100% sure which pop-up was created for malicious purposes. A pop-up blocker on your browser will reduce the risks of any threats caused by these features.
#2 Disconnect WiFi
It is very difficult and in times practically impossible for hackers to get a hold of your device when it is offline. That is why it is recommended to disconnect your computer from WiFi whenever you are not using it. That way, you will significantly reduce the risks of a cyberattack and keep your computer safe at times you’re not around.
#3 Reduce the Use of Flash Drives
Flash drives can cause a lot of trouble on desktop devices. They’re convenient and easy to use but there’s also a negative site that you should keep in mind. Flash drives can be used to distribute malicious programs and viruses without the owner knowing that the drive is infected. It is recommended to limit your use of flash drives and never use the ones you find in public.
#4 Use a VPN
Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, are one of the most convenient solutions for online security. A VPN allows you to browse the internet anonymously without having to worry whether someone has access to your data. These networks use strict encryption protocols to make your data and online activities invisible to third parties such as hackers, internet service providers, and even governments. A VPN can also help you access geographically restrict content by virtually changing your location.
#5 Back Up Your Files
Last but not least, the NIST framework suggests users to back up their files on a regular basis. Even though this safety measure won’t directly prevent a cybersecurity attack, it will make it easier to recover files in case an actual attack does take place. Therefore, make sure to keep a backup of important files at all times.
These were only five out of many cybersecurity safety measures provided within the NIST framework. We highly suggest following the framework to ensure optimum online security for both personal and business computers. If you own a company and you want to improve your overall security system, make sure to educate your employees on how to follow and implement the NIST framework safety measures on a regular basis.