Truckers have a lot of things to worry about in their daily jobs, and they may not put much thought into the risks they face online, given how much of their work is done in the real world. However, cyber risks have become a big part of everyone's lives these days, whether they know it or not, and truckers have to be aware of what those may be if they're going to keep themselves protected.
The following tips should help you reduce those risks and give you a little more peace of mind:
1) Keep better tabs on your devices
First and foremost, whether you're carrying a laptop or tablet, or just relying on your smartphone, it's a good idea to be aware of the dangers of leaving those devices unattended, according to Trucker.com. At a minimum, think about the risks of having your devices stolen from a financial point of view, but if you don't also have strong passwords in place, the thieves could also get a lot of valuable personal and financial data.
2) Don't click on anything that looks remotely suspicious
When you're online, you may see a lot of links that seem like they're not on the up and up - and it's best to avoid clicking on them, Trucker.com warned. Whether they show up in your email (especially as attachments, even from accounts you think you recognize), on your preferred social media site or just as something you come across while browsing the web, you should always think before you click.
3) Keep your software updated
One of the biggest security weaknesses your computer faces is from older versions of your favorite software, according to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Why? Because those versions might have security weaknesses that developers have since patched, and that is often an effective barrier to being hacked - but only as long as you're keeping the software updated. While it's not always convenient, it's important to make sure you click "Update" when you get that pop-up reminder.
4) Turn off auto-connect
Most of your portable devices today give you the option to automatically join various WiFi and Bluetooth connections they encounter, which may seem convenient but can actually be a big security hazard, the CISA said. Simply put, you never know who else is sitting on those connections, or what their intentions are. Especially when it comes to Bluetooth, you don't even really know what you're even connecting to, so the easiest course of action to reduce this risk is turning off auto-connect.
5) Increase your remote powers
Suppose your device goes missing, and you're not sure what happened to it - you might not know how much power you have to protect yourself, your data and your electronics, according to CCSI. Most devices today give you the option to at least switch them off remotely, as well as track their location and even completely wipe the data they store. Enabling these features will give you extra peace of mind even if you think they've been stolen.
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