How Consumers Can Adopt a Zero Trust Mindset for Cybersecurity

October 12, 2018
  • Be aware: it’s easy to quickly scroll through emails and miss minor things, but when you do stop on an email and are considering doing something with it, take a few extra seconds to make sure it’s legitimate.
  • Hover before you click: this take one second. Always be sure to hover your cursor over any link before you click on it. If it looks like it’s taking you somewhere that doesn’t look right, don’t click on it.
  • Check the browser address: if you do click on a link and it takes you to a page that asks for any information from you (username, password, credit card number, SSN, etc.), take a quick glance at the browser address field and make sure you’re in a trusted domain.
  • Use a password manager or single sign-on (SSO): the password is really outdated and, frankly, it’s time for it to die. Until it does, we have to remain vigilant. Many companies offer single sign-on solutions for work apps, and some of these solutions also allow for users to save their credentials for websites and other apps as well.
  • Use multi-factor authentication: many employers also offer multi-factor authentication (MFA), sometimes referred to as two-factor authentication. When a user successfully logs in, the system then sends a push notification to a known device the user has, such as a phone or tablet, to confirm their identity. Typically this only requires a few extra seconds to enter the code or do a biometric finger scan to be verified, and be on your way.
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