The following 10 tips will go a long way to help you and your business steer away from cyber-related dangers. We are sure that you'll find them useful...
1. The No. 1 fallacy: “It won’t happen to me.” Always remember that you are an attractive target to ANY hacker.
2. A good password is KEY: use a complex mix of characters, and avoid using the same password for multiple sites. Never share your password with third parties and don’t write it down anywhere, especially online.
3. Never leave your PC, laptop or smartphone unattended. If you need to leave your device alone for any length of time—no matter how short — lock it up so no one can use it while you’re away. If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or external hard drive, make sure these are kept under lock and key.
4. By backing up your data regularly (at least monthly) while making sure that your anti-virus software is up to date (also at least monthly) you will be lining up a strong barrier that can help keeping your business up and running.
5. Pay attention when clicking on attachments or links in email. Think before you click… especially if you’ve never heard of the sender before.
6. If you use online banking or make online purchases, always use your device and not that of a third party, and make sure that you’re working on a network that you trust. Whether it’s a friend’s phone, a public computer, or a cafe’s free Wi-Fi—your data could be copied or stolen. If in doubt, speak to a reliable and qualified cyber security expert for advice.
7. Be very careful of what you plug in to your computer. Malware can be spread via infected flash drives, external hard drives and smartphones.
8. Be cautious as to what you’re sharing on Facebook and other social media networks. Cyber criminals can befriend you using false names in order to gain access to information about your private life which they will then try to use to gain access to more valuable data about you and your business or employer's company.
9. When you're out socialising, be wary of people who may attempt to gain information from you through manipulation. If someone contacts you or emails asking for sensitive information (bank account info., passwords, etc.), it’s okay to say no. You should always call the company directly to verify credentials before sharing out any data.
10. Monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity. If you see something unfamiliar, it could be a sign that your data may have already been at risk.
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