Tips for Cybersecurity

Michael Morales  -  March 12, 2021  -  ,  

In this article, we will present you with simple tips for cybersecurity. 

You can use a password manager like LastPass to keep all your passwords in one place. The software allows you to create and store strong passwords for all your employees and change passwords easily when the employees leave your organization. Allowing your employees to choose their passwords means that the passwords won't be secure. It also means that your employees are likely reusing their passwords for work. Reusing passwords means that if an employee's account got hacked, hackers would also have access to their work accounts since they share a password. 

When people who work for companies that build operating systems find an exploit or a loophole in the OS, they make a Windows Update. Ensuring your systems are all updated is the best way to keep your computers clean and infection-free. Free public Wi-Fi networks such as those provided by cafes or hotels don't encrypt their data traffic. So plain text, unscrambled images, and sound flying over the networks are all there for enterprising hackers to intercept or collect. So passwords, finance, financial information, and sensitive images aren't safe. It would be best if you informed your workers that they're not to log into their work email when using public Wi-Fi, as this can compromise your system and allow access to a hacker. 

Redundant data storage provides protection against hard drive failure rather than an actual backup of your data. Computers with critical data should have set up with redundant backups in place so that your data can all be restored in the event of a virus or malware issue. You can use services like a backup buddy to automatically create backups of your website, which you can deploy in the case of an attack. Having dedicated portable hard drives that regularly backup your files will add an extra layer of protection. All the antivirus software and all the backup systems in the world won't keep your office completely free of cybercrime if somebody can walk into your office on a challenge. They could either pick up a post-it note with a password on it or sit down at somebody's station and use a logged-in computer. 

To safeguard your office:

  1. Consider employing somebody to watch the front door or keeping it locked.
  2. Never let your employees physically write down passwords.
  3. Don't figure out how to deal with the cybersecurity attack after it happens; make a plan and test it.

You don't necessarily have to infect your network for a test. Just tell your employees that a virus has infected the network. And sure everyone knows what to do to restore backups, change company passwords, etc. Don't just have a backup system in place for your website; test the backup system and ensure it works. Performing tests in your offices enable employees to restore backups locally, change passwords, etc., without having a problem so that when you have a real attack, your office is prepared. 

Phishing is when you receive an email pretending to be from a website or a financial institution that attempts to trick you into revealing your password or logging you into a banking center. You might get an email that looks like it comes from your bank, except the URL doesn't go to the bank of america.com. Instead, it goes to something like a bank of a.com or bank of America dot info or something like that. When you click the link, it will take you to a login page, and that login page will look almost identical to the login page you're used to because they designed it like that. And then you enter your password, and when you log in, suddenly the thieves all have your banking information. 

It would be best if you educated your office about how to spot phishing scams. Avoiding them can be as simple as never logging into any of your websites from links sent via email. If you get an ominous email about your checking account, pick up your phone and call your bank rather than clicking through in the email. By regularly monitoring your credit and online banking institutions, you can find and fix problems before they get worse than they already are. There are services online that will allow your organization to monitor their credit in real-time, thus ensuring nobody has fraudulently opened any lines of credit or done any damage to your company's credit score. 

If a Bluetooth device is in your area, your phone or computer can connect to it automatically. Since Bluetooth requires no password, it can be easy for hackers to hijack your devices and steal your passwords. There are different pairing methods for Bluetooth, such as numeric compression, which works like passkey entry. Each of these different Bluetooth types has its specific flaws and vulnerabilities. Numeric comparison, for example, requires a display, yet not all devices have a display.

 Monitor your Windows user accounts and the internet traffic of your employees. You can prevent many potential cybersecurity attacks; exe files and other things downloaded from the internet can easily be an inflection point. Thanks for reading! We hope you learn a thing or two regarding cybersecurity.

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