Secure your network, your devices and your identity
Security… you can’t afford to ignore it!
Every day we do things in an attempt to protect ourselves, our families and for some of us, our businesses. We apply sunscreen to safeguard ourselves from the sun, we watch the news to stay informed on current issues and events and we take out insurance for our health, home and cars. Computers are here to stay, and that means threats are here to stay too. It’s just too profitable for unscrupulous people.
In today’s world of ransomeware, viruses, spyware, trojans, adware, worms, bots, bugs, rootkits and other malware, we’re sure you’ll agree it makes sense to put a little effort into protecting yourself online!
As a consumer, do you really want to risk having your identity stolen or loosing all those pictures of your children growing up?
As a business, can you afford the downtime, the loss of revenue or the damage to your brand?
To remain secure you must remain vigilant and it’s for that reason that we suggest a layered approach starting with education. We look at the importance of password management, user behaviour and data leakage and then move on to software updates, antivirus/malware protection and backups.
Some people like to save money by managing security themselves but don’t know how to get started. Some people would prefer a professional to manage it for them. Either way we are here to help. Why not give us a call?
In the meantime, here are some tips to get you started…
Stay current with the latest threats by signing up to security newsletters, attending information sessions and/or investing in training
Use a password manager
Use different passwords for every website and computer you use, so if one gets hacked, your other accounts aren’t compromised. A password manager will make this easy for you.
Update your software
Ensure your computer, phone and tablet are running the latest approved security updates/patches.
Use passwords on all devices
Ensure you change the default password on devices like modems, routers, security cameras and use strong passwords on your computer and mobile phones too. Also, you should work in user mode, not administrator mode, whenever possible.
Use two-factor authentication
If an online service offers two-factor authentication use it. If they don’t, ask them nicely to improve their security!
Use an antivirus/firewall application
Ensure your computer is running a current and updated antivirus, malware and firewall application.
Think before you click
Don’t open unknown email attachments. Don’t install applications from unknown sources. Don’t install anything before performing an online search and reading a handful of legitimate reviews.
Use encryption where possible
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to adopt an attitude of “if you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide”…
Don’t take this the wrong way, but if you truly believe that, we guess you won’t mind giving us your banking passwords!
Update your firmware
Did you know that the “software” in your modem, router, firewall, wireless access points, security cameras and even printers, needs to be updated? If you’re not performing monthly security checks on all your devices you’re taking a massive risk!
Don’t be tricked into giving away confidential information
Always be suspicious of email, text messages or phone calls asking for personal or financial information. Don’t click the link! Contact the requestor directly, by using a phone number, address or form sourced from their legitimate website.
Don’t use an unprotected computer
Don’t use a computer in an unknown state like those at an Internet café or a shared machine when accessing sensitive information. They may be logging your every move!
Don’t use a public charger
Did you know that people can get your private information off your phone if you use a public charger like those found in airports? Don’t take the risk, use your own or buy a new one if you lost it!
Sophos (free for home users) will protect you in real-time from viruses, malware and zero day attacks. Detect Potentially Unwanted Applications in real-time and prevent them from installing or running. Block websites that are known to have viruses and other threats.
Running Linux? Don’t be complacent: Free antivirus for Linux
Open source alternative: ClamAV
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