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Cyber Security Tips to Keep your Business Safe

Simple cyber security tips like these can go a long way to prevent a catastrophe, but they’ve only scratched the surface of how your users can be protected. However, here are the best practices to implement into your ‘everyday’.

1. Don’t Click, just to Click

Just because you can click, doesn’t mean you should. Remember, it can cost you a hefty sum. Malicious links can do damage in several different ways, so be sure to inspect links and ensure they’re from trusted senders before clicking.

2. Stick to your Own Devices

Try to limit using another user’s device when possible. Never share your credentials with others, and never give anyone remote access to your computer.

3. Be Aware of your Surroundings

Keep an eye on your device. Lock it when you step away from your computer. Also, never leave sensitive or confidential items at your desk, like post-it notes with your password written on them or USB drives.

4. Keep Track of your Digital Footprint

When you monitor your accounts, you can ensure you catch suspicious activity. Can you recall everywhere you have online accounts and what information is stored on them, like credit card numbers for easier payments? It’s important to keep track of your digital footprint, including social media, and to delete accounts you’re not using, while ensuring you set strong passwords (that you change regularly).

5. Keep up with Updates

Software patches can be issued when security flaws are discovered. If you find these software update notifications to be annoying, you’re not alone. But you can consider them the lesser of two evils when weighing up rebooting your device versus putting yourself at risk for malware and other types of computer infection.

6. Connect Securely

Cyber security tips about this have been dished out by nearly every tech expert under the sun, but many still don’t follow this advice. You might be tempted to connect your device to an unsecured connection, but when you weigh the consequences, it’s not worth it. Only connect to private networks when possible, especially when handling sensitive information.

7. Secure your Mobile Device

Security doesn’t end at your desktop. It’s important to get into the habit of securing your presence through your mobile device as well. Use strong passwords and bio-metric features, ensure you turn off your Bluetooth, don’t automatically connect to any public WiFi, and download with caution.

8. Beware of Social Engineering

When hackers can’t find a security vulnerability, they’ll attack in other ways. Enter social engineering. This type of attack is more of an attack on the mind of the user, rather than on the device, to gain access to systems and information. Especially with the information publicly available online and over social media, cyber criminals come up with creative ways to dupe users.

9. Back Up your Data

These days, storage doesn’t cost much. There’s no excuse not to have a backup of important data. Back it up on a physical location and on the cloud. Remember, malicious threats and hackers don’t always want to steal your data, but sometimes the end-goal is to encrypt or erase it. Back it up to have an ultimate recovery tool.

10. You’re not immune

The most harmful thought you can have is “it won’t happen to me,” or “I don’t visit unsafe websites.” Cyber criminals don’t discriminate in targeting users. Be proactive. Not all mistakes can be undone with “ctrl + Z”.

*BONUS* Protect Sensitive Information

This includes your social security number, address, birthday, bank account, etc. Unless you are 100% sure the source you are in contact with is who they say they are, do not provide this type of information. However, if you do, be sure to password protect your documents and/or email!

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