4 steps to staying cyber secure

Staying Cyber-Secure

Concerned About Cybersecurity?

Technology impacts our lives and livelihood every day. Whether we’re at home, at work, or on the go, we have access to a device that’s likely connected to a network that requires us to follow safety protocols while online to ensure we are staying cyber-secure.

Cybersecurity has become one of the biggest hot topics both inside and outside of technology circles over the last couple of years. From securing learning devices due to a rise in digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, to coping with the fallout of high-profile breaches of national corporations such as the Colonial Pipeline, there are endless news stories dedicated to cybersecurity mishaps and concerns.

It may seem overwhelming and it’s understandable to feel powerless in the face of the “insurmountable” threats posed by cybersecurity. But this can’t be further from the truth.

There is a longstanding misperception that cybersecurity is beyond everyday people and that it should be left to the professionals. Moreover, there is a prevailing sense among the public that breaches are simply a fact of life and that we should just learn to deal with them.

But this just isn’t true. In fact, everyday people have a huge role to play in cybersecurity threat prevention, detection, and remediation. For example, according to IBM, 95% of breaches have human error as a main cause. Therefore, everyday day technology users are very much the first line of defense when it comes to thwarting cybercrime. Unfortunately, many individuals are not aware of some of the best practices for boosting cybersecurity and how easy they are to use.

With that, here are a few key best practices that you can easily implement today to enhance your cybersecurity and create a more secure world for everyone.

Watch Out for Phishing

 

Phishing – when a cybercriminal poses as a legitimate party in hopes of getting individuals to engage with malicious content or links. This remains one of the most popular tactics among cybercriminals today. In fact, 80% of cybersecurity incidents stem from a phishing attempt! However, while phishing has gotten more sophisticated, keeping an eye out for typos, poor graphics and other suspicious characteristics can be a telltale sign that the content is potentially coming from a “phish.” In addition, if you think you have spotted a phishing attempt be sure to report the incident by calling our Security Incident Report Line at (858) 859-9490 ext 84 so that our team can remediate the situation and prevent others from possibly becoming victims.

Update Your Passwords and Use a Password Manager

 

Having unique, long and complex passwords is one of the best ways to immediately boost your cybersecurity. Yet, only 43% of the public say that they “always” or “very often” use strong passwords. Password cracking is one of the go-to tactics that cybercriminals turn to in order to access sensitive information. And if you are a “password repeater,” once a cybercriminal has hacked one of your accounts, they can easily do the same across all of your accounts!

 

One of the biggest reasons that individuals repeat passwords is that it can be tough to remember all of the passwords you have. Fortunately, by using a password manager, individuals can securely store all of their unique passwords in one place. This means people only have to remember one password. In addition, password managers are incredibly easy to use and can automatically plug-in stored passwords when you visit a site. Contact us to learn more about this solution and how to implement it in your business. 

Enable MFA

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) requires a user to input a second set of verifying information such as a secure code sent to a mobile device or an authenticator app to be able to log in. This is a hugely effective measure that anyone can use to drastically reduce the chances of a cybersecurity breach. In fact, according to Microsoft, MFA is 99.9 % effective in preventing breaches. Therefore, it is a must for any individual or organization looking to secure their devices and accounts.

 

Activate Automatic Updates

 

Making sure devices and software are always up-to-date with the most recent versions is essential to preventing cybersecurity issues from cropping up. Cybersecurity is an ongoing effort, and updates are hugely important in helping to address vulnerabilities that have been uncovered as well as in providing ongoing maintenance. Therefore, instead of trying to remember to check for updates or closing out of update notifications, enable automatic update installations as soon as possible.