21 Februari 2018

Security loopholes: 4 golden rules for protecting your data

Meltdown, Spectre, Skyfall, Solace… not just the titles of famous action movies. They are also security loopholes that could put your data at risk. Our experts explain what steps to take to protect yourself and your data.

1. Are your updates up to date?

New security loopholes are detected regularly. Luckily, software producers are informed of these very quickly. They then issue updates to correct them. It is essential that you install these updates, and this rule is even more important in cases where they relate to the security of your devices.

Tip: enable automatic updates. This will make your life easier and ensure that you are always protected by the latest security improvements. Visit the software producer's website or consult the Help feature to find out how to do this.

2. Do not stop at your computer

When we talk about updates, we tend to think of computers. However, security updates apply to all your devices: desktops and laptops, smartphones and tablets. Check that the latest updates have been installed everywhere.

3. Are your programs still supported?

Software publishers regularly discontinue support for certain older versions of their programs. In practical terms, this means that they no longer offer updates for these programs. This then makes them more vulnerable. By continuing to use these programs, you increase your risk of being hacked. Not sure if one of your applications is still supported? Visit the producer’s website for your peace of mind.

4. Anti-virus protection is good. Updated anti-virus protection is even better

You may have read or heard: anti-virus programs are not infallible. The most recent viruses, for example, evade their scans. In spite of this, however, anti-virus software is still a good security buffer against the most common viruses. Be sure to enable automatic updates. So that protection from new viruses can be added as soon as it’s available.

What now ?

Follow these steps to ensure maximum protection for your data. Want to find out more about cybersecurity? Find all our tips on this subject on our "Online security" page.