Brian Krebs, a highly respected journalist, cybersecurity expert, and author of the KrebsOnSecurity blog, has distilled his views on best practices into three cardinal rules:

1."If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it.”

Hackers are very adept at enticing users to open emails that contain a damaging “payload,” using a tactic called “social engineering.”

Rule #1 underscores the importance of carefully scrutinizing email with a cautious eye, and never downloading an attachment that you aren’t expecting. Email attachments are automatically hosted in the ManyMe cloud, so that attachments never reach your local device without your consent.

2. "If you installed it, update it."

Vulnerabilities in commercial software are discovered daily, even in the software published by the leading vendors. Once a flaw is discovered, vendors publish “bug fixes” or “patches” to close the security gap.

It is essential to deploy these updates promptly to protect yourself. Unfortunately, studies show that many breaches occur months after a fix was published because user devices weren't updated.

3. "If you no longer need it, remove it."

Even if you no longer use a specific software product, security holes in that software can be used to attack your computer devices and home network. If you no longer need a specific application, get rid of it! Think of it as a matter of good cyber housekeeping.

For more valuable advice on Cyber Best Practices, please check out the following blog posts:

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