With the constant breakthroughs in developing technology, we must take a moment to focus on the security risks that come with these incredible technological advancements. October is 2020 cybersecurity month. And this year we want to celebrate with you by sharing a couple of things you can do to keep yourself and your staff safer in this ever-connected life.
Think before you click
Think about every link you click. Don’t ever click on anything that you don’t trust or are unsure of. A bit of Googling to find out whether a link can be trusted or is a known cybersecurity threat could potentially save you a lot of heartache and data loss.
Two-factor authentication adds another layer of security to your online logins.
These apps allow you to add another layer of security after you have logged in. Through randomly generated codes on a 3rd party app, only you can access; you use these code (which refreshes every couple of minutes) to verify it is you who is logging in.
Be careful of phishing
Phishing attacks are where cyber attackers pose as people or companies you know and trust. They try to communicate with you using topics that might be familiar enough for you to believe it might come from the person or company.
Once you respond or click on a link they’ve sent – the attack starts. The attackers could remotely access your computer, steal banking information, or download your data.
Double, triple and quadruple check any email you receive and make sure you know and trust the sender before actioning anything.
Keep track of digital footprint
We’ve all made accounts on a random website to access a picture, a joke, some information, a video or whatever the case may be. That’s fine, but it’s essential to keep track of these accounts to disable them once you don’t need it anymore.
We spoke about phishing attacks previously in this article, and all of these accounts offer attackers more information that they can use to outwit you.
It’s not a good idea to create accounts on platforms that you think you won’t use. If you need to create an account somewhere for a specific reason – Make sure you delete that account once you’ve reached your desired outcome.
The more profiles you have – the more information is available to be gathered on you and the more vulnerable you make yourself.
It is very important for your security to keep your software and applications updated. Developers are constantly becoming aware of new threats, adjusting code to manage those threats and then releasing updates.
Making sure you install those updates is your responsibility to keep your devices safe.
Don’t connect to just any free wifi network. You are making yourself vulnerable and open to malicious forces who are prying on users such as yourself using the available wifi networks.
Be aware that any information you send or receive on these networks can be intercepted and used against you if the wrong hacker is surfing that network.
Think mobile too
Our phones are just as connected and used as our desktop or laptops are. Still, most people wouldn’t consider their mobile devices while thinking cybersecurity.
Even though our phones are a lot more vulnerable as we travel with them, use them for payments, and access a lot of confidential information from them. You need to be just as vigilant, and security-aware with your phone.
Cyber Security risks aren’t confined to your online activities- Cybercriminals are smart enough to move offline when they need more information to crack your essential accounts.
You need to be careful when receiving a phone call from people claiming to be service providers, from your bank or from your cellphone company needing to do security checks. These are easy phone calls to replicate.
Backup your data
Keeping a backup of your data is essential, you don’t want to be at the mercy of cyber attackers because they have data that you really need. Ransomware is a relatively new attack that has cost many companies thousands of Rands. Make sure you have the upper hand should your data be held for ransom.
You are not immune
No matter how many safety precautions you have taken or how much money you are spending on your anti-virus, you are not immune. Cybercrime is evolving and innovating just as fast as the rest of the tech industry. You never know how they’re going to attack next and from where they are going to be coming from. Be vigilant, be aware and be cyber safe!