Tips To Staying Secure – Wherever you are.

The best practices for your small to medium business.

 

Keep your PC up to date.

It’s important to keep your computer software up to date to minimise the risk of a malware infection or security breach. Software updates often include security patches, bug fixes and new features.

Enable your Operating System firewall.

A firewall can help prevent hackers or malicious software (such as worms) from gaining access to your computer through a network or the Internet. A firewall can also help stop your computer from sending malicious software to other computers.

Learn how to identify phishing emails.

Emails threatening a negative consequence, or a loss of opportunity unless urgent action is taken, are often phishing emails. Attackers often use this approach to rush recipients into action before they have had the opportunity to study the email for potential flaws or inconsistencies.

The emails may also have bad spelling or grammar and, most importantly, check the email address/URL of the link in the email. This will often be a non-official address. If in doubt, ring the official company before clicking anything.

Use a Password Manager to protect your passwords.

Because your passwords are securely stored, password managers make it easier to maintain secure, unique passwords. When you reuse passwords, every account that uses the same password becomes vulnerable if one account is compromised.

Why you should care about Multi-Factor Authentication:

The main benefit of MFA is it will enhance your organization’s security by requiring your users to identify themselves by more than a username and password. Enforcing the use of an MFA factor like a thumbprint or physical hardware key means increased confidence that your organization will stay safe from cybercriminals.

The dangers of ‘Social Engineering’.

Social engineering attacks come in many different forms and can be performed anywhere where human interaction is involved. Legitimate companies and organizations do not contact you to provide help. Sometimes social engineering could be in the form of a social media quiz or an email review. Always check your sources and don’t give out personal information.

Why backup and recovery is important.

The main reason for a data backup is to have a secure archive of your important information, whether that’s classified documents for your business or treasured photos of your family so that you can restore your device quickly and seamlessly in the event of data loss. Some of the most common ways in which companies lose data is through human error, environmental issues, theft, equipment failure, and data breaches.

Free WiFi – convenience can come at a cost.

If you are using an unsecured connection—in public, at home or in the office—you run the risk of exposing your sensitive data to hackers. While it may seem strange to worry about bad guys snatching our personal information from what seems to be thin air, unfortunately, it’s more common than we think. Make sure that any network you connect to away from home, such as those in cafes and hotels, are secure and if you are using an unsecured network, do not shop online or access any of your personal and financial sites.