Just like wearing your seatbelt, or locking your doors, good habits are the building blocks of cybersecurity. Implementing best practices can help you and your company keep data more secure.

Remember, when it comes to cybersecurity, don’t have the mentality of “it can never happen to me.” The sooner you recognize risks and implement strong cybersecurity habits, the better.

Cybersecurity hygiene is about being proactive when it comes to cyberthreats and online security issues. The basics of security hygiene are the security equivalent of washing your hands — simple and effective ways to protect sensitive data from exposure to criminals. Just as we are taught as children, basic hygiene practices and how to establish routines, so can we establish good, safe cybersecurity habits.

Cybersecurity hygiene is firmly rooted in basic, common-sense measures we can all implement. These include:

· Using strong passwords and a password manager

· Using two-factor authentication methods where available

· Keeping software up-to-date

· Protecting your documents and devices

· Making sure you don’t overshare on social media

· Using public Wi-Fi networks safely

· Using caution with email attachments and unknown hyperlinks

· Disposing documents and equipment safely

· Backing-up important data

While we can never be completely immune to cyberattacks, by taking these steps you can minimize your chances of an incident, and protect sensitive information.

Julia Phelan Ph.D is a learning engineer and co-founder of To Eleven. The name was inspired by This is Spinal Tap (“Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder? Nigel Tufnel : [pause] These go to eleven”). The name embodies the fact that To Eleven goes above and beyond in all they do. To Eleven focuses on the design and implementation of learning experiences for myriad learners and contexts along with consulting and advising services. Julia has created a cybersecurity course series for the property management industry focusing on the ‘human element’ of keeping data and devices secure. Find out more here: www.to11solutions.com

Julia has a Ph.D in education from UCLA. She has extensive experience in learning engineering and instructional design.