Safely Navigating the Digital World: Updates and Backups

Strengthen Your Defenses: Updates & Backups

In this part of our cybersecurity series, we’ll focus on two fundamental practices: keeping your systems and software up-to-date and backing up your data. We invite you to review the first part where we talk about passwords and 2FA security

Update: Vulnerability shields

Most apps and operating systems release security updates on a regular basis. These updates address known vulnerabilities and improve device security. Failure to update software can expose your system to attacks and exploitation of known vulnerabilities.

Security update tips

  • Enable automatic updates: Many applications and operating systems offer automatic update options. This ensures that you are always protected with the latest security fixes.
  • Check update sources: Make sure updates come from official and trusted sources. Avoid clicking on links or downloading updates from unsolicited email.

Backup: Your safety net

Backups are like a lifeline in the event of a cyber disaster. Making regular backups of important data ensures that it can be recovered if it is lost due to a cyberattack, human error, or hardware failure.

In the case of websites, you should always make a backup copy to avoid losing valuable information. Remember to periodically download this information from the server; a quick and easy way to do this is by using JetPack, a security, performance and growth tool designed for WordPress.

Tips for Effective Backup

  • Periodic frequency: Make backup copies at regular intervals. The frequency depends on the number of data changes, but a general rule of thumb is at least once a month.
  • Secure Storage: Store your backups in a secure location, preferably offline or in the cloud with strong security measures.
  • Recovery testing: From time to time make sure you can recover data from your backup. This ensures that the recovery process works as expected.
  • Automate if possible: Using automated backup software can make the process easier and ensure you don’t forget to back up.

In summary, regular updates and backups are two fundamental pillars of cybersecurity. Keep your systems and software up-to-date and back up your data to ensure it can recover in the event of a devastating and potentially costly disaster.

In the next blog in our series on cybersecurity, we’ll address phishing, a clever method used by attackers to obtain sensitive information. You’ll learn how to recognize and avoid online traps. Stay tuned!

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