5 Ways You Can Stay Safe Online

Promote Cyber Awareness Using These Tips

Cybersecurity awareness is more than just installing an anti-virus on your computer. It takes the efforts of everyone in a business to keep its digital assets safe. Human error is the most common reason for successful cyber attacks but, by following these 5 rule-of-thumbs, you can help keep your organization safe.

1. Use strong passwords

This may be obvious to some, but using strong passwords keeps you that much more secure. It is also important to be using different passwords for different accounts. I know what you’re thinking, “if I sometimes forget to brush my teeth in the morning, how will I remember 50 different passwords?”. Apps like ‘LastPass’ will store all of your passwords and access codes so you don’t have to remember any of them!

2. Use two-factor authentication wherever possible

Two-factor authentication is a two-step login process that requires a password and then validation of the log in. It will ask you to enter your password then it will send a verification email or text to make sure it is really you logging in because you know what’s harder than picking one lock? Picking two locks.

3. Keep an eye out for phishing scams

Phishing emails are the most common social engineering scams hackers use. Some email applications will automatically detect spam emails and trash them for you but there can be the odd one that will slip through and end up in your main inbox. If you get an email saying you won $50,000 I hate to break it to you but you probably didn’t so don’t go on trying to claim it..

4. Keep your software updated

Software vendors are constantly coming out with new updates to fix the issues of the past. Most software has the option to turn on automatic updates – make sure to turn this feature on so you don’t have to worry about it!

5. Install an antivirus/endpoint protection

Anti-viruses do just what their name implies – keep your computers free of viruses. Endpoint protection includes the capabilities of the antivirus and then some. It provides data loss prevention, next-gen firewalls (the monitoring of traffic), as well as enhanced threat detection. It provides top-drawer security so if you want the good stuff, Call Us!