Ways To Physically Protect Your Cybersecurity

Protecting your phone or your wallet is something that we are all used to, but if your phone is your wallet, and the passwords are in the cloud, how are they protected? It is easier to protect something that you can physically see, than something that is hidden in data. 

Physical security means securing people, things, and tangible assets against potential harm or loss-causing acts and events. Despite sometimes being disregarded in favour of cybersecurity, physical security is equally crucial. In today’s world where online information is connected with our everyday lives, losing valuable data is just as damaging as having a thief steal your purse in broad daylight. 

First, let it be known that physical attacks cannot be stopped by antivirus software. Even though more companies are becoming aware of the cyber threats faced by malware and phishing, it is crucial to maintain physical security. Thus, you are exposed to physical threats if there aren’t enough protection measures in place.  Antivirus software is useful, and should be on your computer, but how many locks or chains do you have on your front door? Probably more than one! The more protection you have, the safer you are. 

Let’s look at how you can safeguard your devices from physical threats to cybersecurity in this article.

  • Use a secure password and keep your devices locked – Having a security feature on your laptop can help prevent theft whether you’re at work, in a hotel, or anywhere else. Moreover, it’s also important to use a password that is strong to hack so it is too hard for hackers to open and access your device.
  • Label your device. To ensure that anyone who finds your device may return it, think about attaching an identifiable label or other types of tag with your name or contact details. Even if the battery dies, the owner can still be identified with a sticker. This might seem old school, but there are people out there who will return lost goods, just as there might be people who will try to use your personal data for their own gains. 
  • Employee Training – Cybersecurity breaches are most often caused by careless personnel. That is not done maliciously. It’s highly possible that your teams are unaware of the value of physical cybersecurity or the precautions they need to take to protect the firm. Training that raises safety awareness in the workplace can be beneficial since you’ll have people take responsibility for their actions and report questionable behaviour. Make sure that the training is consistent and recurring, criminals regularly update their training, so you must too. 

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