October was Cybersecurity Awareness Month and these are some of the great tips we found to help to keep you safer when operating online.
Here they are:
Tip 1: Use strong passwords that mix 1etters, num3ers & $ymbols, spaces & random phrases, at least 12 characters
- 24 billion passwords were exposed by hackers in 2022
- More than 80% of breaches relate to stolen, lost or reused passwords
Tip 2: Check for updates regularly to patch security flaws amd fix crashes & bugs
Tip 3: Enable MFA (Multi-factor Authentication)
-Microsoft says 99.9% of password based threats can be prevented with MFA
Tip 4: Don't use public Wi-Fi - this can leave your personal information vulnerable
Tip 5: Implement an incident response plan to mitigate damage in the event of a breach
Tip 6: Safeguard your online presence, regularly review privacy settings.
Tip 7: Use USB drives safely - these can carry malware that can compromise your system
Tip 8: Shred it, don't spread it - Safely dispose of old/unwanted data by shredding paper & securely wiping old devices & storage media
Tip 9: Choose new vendors carefully ensuring they have robust cybersecurity practices.
Tip 10: Secure physical assets - carefully controlling who has access to your equipment and servers
Tip 11: Monitor bank accounts/statements & immediately report any discrepancies
Tip 12: Email attachment safety - think twice about opening attachments especially if they are not expected
Tip 13: Beware of public charging stations as these can contain malware, if absolutely necessary rather turn your device off before connecting
Tip 14: Secure your business' guest Wi-Fi - Isolate it from your main network and set usage limits to enhance security.
Tip 15: Use a reliable password manager to remember all those awesome super secure (and super long!) passwords you have created
Tip 16: Enhance your security by installing anti-virus and anti-malware on your devices
Tip 17: Use the SLAM method when evaluating potential malicious emails - Sender / Links / Attachments / Message
Tip 18: Train your employees in cybersecurity to further secure your business
Tip 19: Ask us about our cybersecurity stack including email security, securing your network and infrastructure and some epic interactive cybersecurity training for your employees. 1300 002 001