Cyber Security: 10 things you can do today

February 21, 2019

1. Password Manager

The vegetables of the internet - you know they're good for you and you should use one but....

Installing a password manager is the single thing you can do that will have the most impact when it comes to security. Manage your movers and leavers. Stop the same password being used in multiple places. Get rid of that excel spreadsheet that has all your passwords written down. Instantly you're more secure. I

I recommend Dashlane or LastPass.

2. Two Factor Authentication

Activate 2FA on your accounts, especially email. That way if someone accesses your account and tries to change the password you'll know straight away. Recommend for Facebook and Twitter too - think of your company account being hacked and the damage to your reputation if tweets are sent out that aren't 'safe for work'.

3. No Admin Rights for Regular Stuff

On your PC create a regular User, that doesn’t have Administrator rights, and use this one for everyday routine stuff.

When you run your PC as an administrator, it makes your system vulnerable to security risks. This will limit the cyber risks you expose your data to.

4. Check before you Click

If you get sent a link that you're not sure about, copy and paste it into one of these tools. Even if it comes back as ok, if you're still unsure delete it. Beware of Zero Day Attacks - this just means you might just be one of the first to have received it. Save these handy checker sites on your desktop.

https://www.virustotal.com/
http://global.sitesafety.trendmicro.com/
http://zulu.zscaler.com/

5. Update your browser

Click yes, when you get those messages saying do you want to do the updates. Cyber crooks frequently scan websites and PCs for vulnerabilities, such as outdated software. They use those backdoors to penetrate your systems and infect you with malware.

6. Give your phone a security health check

Make sure you've activated a screen lock. It’s also essential that you enforce automatic wiping of the device after 10 failed login attempts.

Always use official app stores to download and install an app. Disable the option to allow installation of third party apps.

Also check the permissions for the installed apps. Check what they’re requesting - does it really need to access your text messages or contacts?

7. Install an AdBlocker

Adware can track you from website to website, gathering data about your browsing habits, interests, and location.

It can also be used to spread malware. Malicious adware can infect your browser or device when you click on an ad, but the scariest part is that some kinds of adware can infect you even without a click.

I recommend Adblock and its free.

8. Have a 'spammy' email address

Keep your important stuff separate and minimise your risk. Open up an email account for newsletters, subscriptions or shopping and for when you're required to provide your email address on the internet.

When you do get spam, report it, block it and never click on any links.

8. Layer up - an anti-virus is not enough

Layer up - think of your security as an onion. No one tool is fool-proof rather protect on as many fronts as possible.Iinstall them all: Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, Adblockers, Anti-malware

To remove spyware from your system try Malwarebytes or Spybot.

9. Back up

Protect your files from hackers, ransomware or even a technical failure. Have a plan in place for 'your worst day ever'. All your files are lost - how do you restore them, where are your backups, how recent are they, can you get up and running? Just because its in the cloud doesn't mean its invincible. Really, the cloud is just someone else's computer.

10. Keep learning

Cyber criminals are really good at what they do. Staying one step ahead of them is the role of Cyber experts with years of experience. Employ a professional and get regular health checks done on your systems, stay curious and remain suspicious at all times!

Cyber Security—it comes down to humans and emails.

Data Influence blogs and stories are provided for information only, not legal advice. Always consult your lawyer on legal matters.

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