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Top 5 Tips to help Prevent Cybercrime

Posted by Sophie Ashwood | 01-May-2019 09:08:30

One of the main reasons businesses may limit or prevent remote working is due to the fear of a data breach. No one is completely protected from cybercrime, but by following these cybercrime prevention tips, you can try and prevent it from happening to your business.

Users are typically the main cause of a data breach within companies, but as CybSafe states,

‘if criminals rely on human error to facilitate most cyber attacks, then surely people also have the power to prevent most cyber attacks. People – historically seen as a weakness – can be your ultimate defence. Moving from A to B just requires a change of behaviour’

Here are our top 5 tips:

1. Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication
With multi-factor authentication, you need to provide something you know, such as your password or pin, and something else, such as a one-time code received on your phone, generated by a token, or your fingerprint.

Without access to these additional devices, a hacker cannot gain access to your account. Furthermore, with multi-factor authentication, you’ll be alerted if someone tries to access your account or data.

2. Update your System and Applications

Software updates

Software updates can be frustrating, especially when they pop up in the middle of your work, however, the use of outdated software, such as Windows XP or soon, Windows 7, allows hackers a chance to take advantage of known vulnerabilities.

A perfect example of this would be the WannaCry ransomware in 2017 that attacked a vulnerability in Microsoft’s operating system. A patch for this vulnerability had been released a few months before the attack in May, but those who had not updated became open targets to the ransomware.

This is why something as simple as updating your software can be crucial in helping prevent cyber attacks.

3. Password Manager

Password Manager
Your passwords should be updated every few months, with a different password being used for every application, device or service you use.

We understand that it is nearly impossible to remember a different password for every application or device, so instead of writing them down, use a password manager to protect them.

These devices can generate and store your passwords for you with strong encryption, protecting them with a master password, which allows you to focus on your work rather than what password to use next.

4. Back up your data

Data Recovery

A data breach can happen to any business, which is why it’s crucial to have a recovery plan in place. Creating frequent backups of your data ensures your files are recoverable if your computer becomes unusable due to malware, ransomware or even theft.

Mobile devices and PCs can be configured to automatically backup to a cloud base service. This allows you to access your data from another device if a breach or attack happens on your main computer.

Your backups should be securely encrypted to prevent your data being exposed.

5. Report any issues to your IT team immediately

Data Breach IT Issues Contact IT
A data breach can start from simply clicking on a link in a suspicious email, therefore if you notice any issues with your computer, report them to your IT team immediately.

Be aware of:

  • A significant decrease in performance
  • A sudden increase in pop up ads/spam
  • A new homepage or default search engine
  • Frequent error messages
  • Antivirus alerts about malware/viruses being present

How can we help?

We offer a continued service using a multi-layered IT security solution, which gives you the assurance that your cybersecurity is being managed proactively, and appropriately. Furthermore, a significant data loss could be catastrophic for your business; we can help by implementing a Disaster Recovery Plan to protect your mission-critical systems and data.

Get in touch to find out more and protect your business today.

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Written by Sophie Ashwood

Marketing Executive at AZTech IT Solutions

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