“It won’t happen to me” is not a good defensive strategy. If you don’t deploy a security software solution, you make for a very attractive target to hackers.
We get it. Memorizing all your account passwords can be a headache – so why not make them all the same and easy to remember, right? Wrong. Password management is critical. This means using a strong mix of characters and making sure you use different passwords for different websites. Don’t do the obvious like sharing your password, writing it down or leaving it on a post-it note on your computer monitor. Store your passwords somewhere safe.
Always leave your tablets, computers and phones on immediate lock. You never know who will try to gain access to your devices if left unattended. This may sound overly suspicious however we suggest that if you need to leave your devices unattended for any given length of time (even if it’s just a few minutes) to make sure it’s locked up.
Not every domain is created equal. Employees tend to surf websites that aren’t work related. We know it’s not what you want to hear but it’s a fact you must face. They are cruising social sites and it’s not uncommon for them to come across ‘bad actors’. We’ve seen many people duped by harmful URLs. How do you spot them? Look for spelling errors.
People have a tendency to do personal business during work hours like their banking and online shopping. Make sure they are connected to a secure network by using Private Tunnel. Without privacy, security and protection their information and your network’s data could be exposed to hackers.
Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date.
Did you know malware can be spread like virus through external devices? Be careful what you plug into your computer. Malware is masked through flash drives, external hard drives and even smart phones.
Watch what you share on social networks and who you share it with. Warn your employees not to add anyone they don’t personally know. Often times friend requests are really requests to hack your systems.
Beware of calls and emails from unknown soured requesting sensitive information. Always verify the caller or organization before providing them with details that are case sensitive like your social security number, home address, credit card information, etc.
Pay close attention to your accounts – if something ‘looks off’ it probably is.
Finally we suggest you have a true and tested cyber security protocol in place. These tips are helpful but if you are ‘hoping’ your employees are going to be 100% vigilant and that hope will safeguard you against cyber criminals, we go back to tip #1: “It won’t happen to me” is not a good defensive strategy.