It’s no secret that 2020 has become the year of protecting yourself. While you’re making a list of all the things you need to do to protect yourself in these uncertain times, here are some tips to help protect your business from cyber attacks.
- CREATE COMPLEX PASSWORDS: While easy to remember passwords are certainly convenient, they don’t do much to protect your confidential information. Always use a complex password consisting of letters, numbers, and special characters. Then store those passwords somewhere safely and securely.
- CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD AT LEAST EVERY 90 DAYS: It doesn’t take long for cyber criminals to hack into your account. Changing your passwords on a regular basis, no more than in 90 day intervals, will help protect your accounts from unauthorized use.
- USE TWO STEP VERIFICATION WHEN POSSIBLE: Two step verification is a great way to protect your information. In the event your account is hacked, if the hacker can’t access your second line of verification (usually a text message), it will make it more difficult for them to access your accounts.
- VERIFY SOURCE OF EMAIL MESSAGES BEFORE OPENING: A common hack is for criminals to send an email appearing to be from someone you know or a company you do business with. Pay close attention to return email addresses and spellings of names before opening the message.
- CONFIRM SENDERS EMAIL AND HOVER OVER TO VALIDATE LINKS IN EMAILS: Even if the email looks legit before opening, if something feels suspicious, go with your gut. A good rule of thumb is to carefully hover over any links in an email before you click. This will show you the destination address for verification.
- STAY CONSISTENT WITH WINDOWS UPDATES FOR YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM: The more out of date your operating system is, the easier it will be for hackers to access your computer and confidential information. Be sure to always update to the most recent operating system and any online or app based services you use (i.e. Microsoft 365).
- STAY CONSISTENT WITH UPDATES FOR ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE AND RENEW ANNUALLY: Like with your operating system, viruses are constantly evolving. It’s important to stay current with your anti-virus software to insure you have the best protection possible against unwanted attacks.
- MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A LOCAL AND OFF-SITE DATA BACKUP: A lot of things can happen in the world of computers and internet. It’s important to always make sure you backup your data on a regular basis to a local, off-site, data backup system. This helps ensure that even if your system is destroyed, you won’t lose your important data.
- CHANGE DEFAULT PASSWORDS ON NETWORK DEVICES: We all know how convenient it is to just use the factory set password that comes with your new router, modem, or other network device. Tempting as it may be, it’s always best to reset your password to something unique and original. Many of these devices are pre-set with the same password from the factory, making them easier to log into from a remote location. Be sure to follow tip number one when creating your new password and change the network device passwords every 90 days as well.
- TRAIN EMPLOYEES TO USE BEST SECURITY PRACTICES: In order for these practices to be effective, your whole company has to be on board. Make these rules a part of your training process and employee handbook to set good operational standards from the start.
For more information on how to protect your business from cyber attacks, contact SYGNVS Integrated Solutions today.