Diving Deeper: Granular Cybersecurity Tips for #cybersecuritymonth

In the vast digital realm, broad strokes of cybersecurity measures often leave gaps. This #cybersecuritymonth, let’s dive deeper, peeling back the standard advice to uncover more detailed and unique strategies that fortify our digital defenses.


1. Beyond MFA: Dynamic Authentication

  • What? Beyond standard MFA, dynamic authentication adjusts authentication challenges based on user behavior.
  • Why? Provides stronger security without always increasing user friction.
  • Tip: Seek services that adjust the authentication strength based on your typical behaviors or access locations.

2. Patch Management: Prioritize & Schedule

  • What? Instead of sporadic software updates, utilize a patch management tool.
  • Why? Streamlines the update process and ensures crucial vulnerabilities aren’t overlooked.
  • Tip: Set aside a specific day of the month as your “patch day.”

3. Wi-Fi Security: Guest Networks & VLANs

  • What? Set up a guest network for visitors and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
  • Why? Keeps potentially insecure devices separate from your primary network.
  • Tip: Consider setting up VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) for different device types or user groups.

4. Passphrases & Password Decay

  • What? Use passphrases instead of passwords and set them to “decay” or expire.
  • Why? Passphrases are harder to crack and decay ensures old passphrases don’t become vulnerabilities.
  • Tip: Choose a memorable phrase from your favorite book, and incorporate numbers and symbols.

5. Anti-Phishing: The Hover Technique

  • What? Before clicking on any link, hover your cursor over it to preview the actual URL.
  • Why? Reveals disguised malicious links.
  • Tip: Train yourself to always hover before clicking.

6. Backup 3-2-1 Rule

  • What? Maintain three copies of your data, on two different mediums, with one stored offsite.
  • Why? Redundancy ensures data recovery under any circumstance.
  • Tip: Use a combination of cloud services and external hard drives, keeping one drive in a different physical location.

7. Social Media: The ‘Month-Old’ Rule

  • What? Wait a month before sharing major events or trips on social platforms.
  • Why? Deters real-time stalkers or thieves from knowing when you’re away.
  • Tip: Use scheduling tools to post old content as if it’s happening in real time.

8. Personal Cybersecurity Drills

  • What? Like fire drills, periodically test your response to simulated cyber threats.
  • Why? Prepares you for real-world scenarios.
  • Tip: Engage in cybersecurity escape rooms or online simulations.

9. Smartphone Security: Go Minimalist

  • What? Periodically review and uninstall unnecessary apps.
  • Why? Each app is a potential vulnerability, especially if not regularly updated.
  • Tip: Every month, remove apps you haven’t used.

10. Stay Updated with Threat Intelligence Platforms

  • What? Use platforms that offer real-time updates on emerging threats.
  • Why? Standard news might not cover niche, yet dangerous, cyber threats.
  • Tip: Join platforms like Recorded Future or ThreatConnect.


This #cybersecuritymonth, let’s pledge not just to follow but also to understand and customize cybersecurity measures tailored to our digital footprint. Remember, in the cyber realm, one size doesn’t fit all – nuanced and granular steps can lead to robust security.