Top 5 tips for online security in 2018
Online security matters, whether you’re a sole trader, a thriving small business or a global corporation. As our information moves online, our business processes follow, along with much of our personal lives.
Sadly, as the amount of data stored online grows, so too does its value, and its appeal to criminals. But all is not lost – the good news is that there are legions of experts around the world working behind the scenes to fight the good fight, thwarting the hackers with ingenious new technologies such as the self-healing BIOS, self-encrypting drives and pre-boot authentication.
But while these guardians are feverishly battling on our behalf, all too often we turn out to be own worst enemy. Cutting corners, clicking suspect dodgy links and downloading untrustworthy materials – we honestly do bring it on ourselves.
So, here are five good habits that will help prevent you from falling prey to today’s cyber-villains:
- Get a better password: Passwords are too often seen as an inconvenience, but simple passwords that are easy to remember are also easy to crack. Add some numbers and special characters to your password (e.g. turning DangerZone into d@ng3rz0n3), and don’t use the same password for multiple sites.
- Do the two-factor shuffle: Two-factor authentication (2FA) is fast becoming the new standard for security, and that’s a good thing. Getting sites to send a message to your phone (which, let’s face it, is almost always by your side) will improve your security and make it much harder for your information to fall into the wrong hands.
- Protect yourself with a VPN: A virtual private network, or VPN, provides a highly secure way to access the internet, and all it takes is a simple download to get started. This one’s a no-brainer: get connected to a VPN today.
- Back up your data: If your data is stolen, or if you’re the victim of a ransomware attack, a simple solution is to restore your data from a backup. So, whether you’re a small business or a global corporation, get a strategy in place and make sure it’s tested, updated and given enough budget to be effective.
- Don’t click on that link: Sadly, lot of people are still making the basic mistake of clicking on links in emails from unknown or disreputable senders and infecting their computers and networks with malware. Don’t be one of them.
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- Upgrade your software: And finally, perhaps the most obvious – keep your software up-to-date. Software providers are continually patching new bugs in their systems as they appear, but these fixes can only help if you let them in.