Cyber Security Tips to Keep You Safe
Staying safe online seems like a simple concept, however, you would be surprised at how many people put security measures into action. With many businesses sticking to a remote working system, and home networks being less secure than most offices – cyber attackers have pounced at any opportunity they can to intercept data.
Statistics have shown that 95% of security breaches a due to human error, and with data breaches exposing 36 billion records in the first half of 2020, it is more important than ever to make sure that you and your business have all the right cybersecurity measures put in place.
We thought it would be a good idea to give you a few tips to help keep you and your personal information safe from cybercriminals and other online threats.
You probably already knew that passwords are put in place to keep your accounts secure and provide security from those who attempt to gain access to them. However, it is very important to use a secure password and not one that can be easily guessed. Passwords such as ‘12345’ or singular words can be easily found out simply by the process of elimination by hackers, which is why it is so important to use a varied password.
By using a password that contains a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers and punctuation is a fantastic way of making you and your accounts safer online as these passwords are much harder to break down and work out. For example, ‘OmicRon20!’ will be much more secure than ‘omicron’. When creating a password, we recommend using at least 6 varied characters and two numbers as this creates a secure password that will be hard to intercept.
Following this, you shouldn’t use the same passwords for all the accounts you use – this could put your data at serious risk. By using the same password for all your accounts, you run the risk of having all your personal information being compromised, this is because if a hacker gains access to one of your accounts, they will then be able to access all the accounts you own. When creating accounts, make sure you use a different password at every time of asking – this may seem like a lot of effort, but it’s worth it to keep your data safe.
One tip we would recommend is creating passwords based around a similar theme – you might find it helps you remember them all!
Back-ups and Anti-Virus:
Backing up your data is a great way of keeping your data safe. For those of you who don’t know, data backups create a copy of the data and allow you to store it in another location, meaning that you can still maintain the data even if you are a victim of a data breach.
It is important to backup your data frequently to make sure that all your data is protected and safely secured. One of the most common places where people back up their data is Microsoft 365, by now, most businesses have migrated and are enjoying the benefits that it provides, including data access from any location. By now, most businesses have migrated to Office 365 and are enjoying the benefits that it provides, including data access from any location. However, these benefits do come as a reminder that it is important to back up your data, as, despite Office 365 data residing in the cloud, Microsoft provides no guarantees that it will always be available to you.
Furthermore, it is important to make sure that you have Anti-Virus software installed to protect yourself from dangerous viruses and other types of malware. If you already have an anti-virus installed, you must make sure it is updated frequently and that it is working properly, the last thing you want is an anti-virus software that isn’t doing its job.
Spam Emails and Links:
Spam emails and phishing scams are one of the most common techniques used by hackers in an attempt to steal data. Many phishing emails can look legitimate, with one of the main styles of scam emails being to imitate a large institution or brand, examples being banks and other financial companies. Luckily, most phishing emails do have noticeable signs that they’re fraudulent however you may have to look a little more in-depth to spot them, which is why so many get caught out.
Way’s you can identify a spam email include:
– Check if the message is sent from a public email domain.
– Check if the domain name is misspelt.
– The email may be poorly written with poor spelling and grammar.
– The email includes suspicious attachments or links (do not open them).
– The email creates a sense of urgency to provide your information.
These can all be relatively easy to recognise and find, so if you receive an email that includes any of these signs – your best bet is to not engage with it, sometimes even opening the email can affect so we advise deleting emails that look suspicious, even if it is based just on the preview shown in your inbox.
If you are looking for help with your cyber security, whether it’s for you or your business, get in touch today and we’ll be happy to help.
Phone: 01727 861553