CYBER-SECURITY

As technology evolved, it has benefitted many companies, organizations, entrepreneurs by offering them high mobility, increased productivity, and performance levels. But, the useful and modern innovations like mobiles, smartphones, PCs, and cloud computing has helped small business but on the other hand, it has also raised security concerns.

Let us see the 10 best safety tips that can be taken care of against high-tech failure:

1. Protect Your System With Passwords:

This may sound very common and simple, yet many of the cyber attacks happen due to weak password protocols. Any access rights of system, applications, data, or software must be safeguarded by unique usernames and password for every single individual.  For creating a strong password, seek help of numbers, letters, and symbols. Try not to use a specific word, dictionary words, or easy guess-works like birth dates. Each user should further have a unique password wherever it appears on a device or network. If your organization create a master document of every passcodes of individual users then make sure it is encrypted with another safe passcode and stored in secure system.  

2. Design Safe Systems:  

Limit the access to technology infrastructure of your organization. This will reduce the exposure of your system to hackers. Restrict individual users and systems privileges. Offer access to those hardware and software that are only used for organizations works. Set a unique email address, login credentials, servers, domain names, etc for every individual user, workgroups, or departments. This saves you any potential damage done to your network.

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3. Strive for Screening and Background Checks:

Screen all forthcoming employees from the mailroom to the administrative group, as most of the hackers come from within network firewalls. Instead of going to the more preferred one, try to research their credibility as well. Set a trial period for all the employees, under which, the access to sensitive data is prohibited. This way, the new employers will be able to get familiar with your organization’s rules and regulations.

4. Provide Basic Training:

Many of the security breaches occur due to human carelessness and error. Put up a training session in which, you educate your employees regarding computer security and warn them of risks to sloppy password and careless use of networks.  All security measures like basic document-disposal procedures to protocols of lost passwords should be taught to every member of the organization.

5. Avoid Unknown Email Attachments:

Never, ever click on unwanted email attachments. These may contain viruses or computer worms. Before you open them, confirm sender to confIrm message contents.

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The so-called “social engineers” often fall prey to unsuspecting victims by pretending to be someone else, hiding their identity. If an alleged representative from your bank or strategic partner seeks for sensitive data calls, quickly end up the call and hang up. After which, you must dial your direct contact of that bank or any public number given to you. Never ever try to verify the suspicious calls with the number provided by caller.

7. Think Before Clicking:

This sounds familiar to everyone. Today’s fast technology has made us very careless regarding the clicks we do daily. But remember, your one click can change the whole story for hackers. Some of the scam artists create their fake websites that encourage the victims to fall prey and deliver their details by themselves. Always reach out to the official website of the company or call them before you offer such information to them or click on any suspicious links.

8. Use a Virus Scanner and Keep Your Software Updated:

No matter if you are working from home or sitting inside an organization, it is always worthy to install virus scanner in your laptops and PCs. Many of this scanner software are also available for free. Keep the software updated and download the regular security updates. This helps in eliminating old threats and new viruses.

The cost of recovering your organization system breach is huge in numbers and that not just damages your company profile but also effect partnered company reputations and can cause business failure. So, be active on every click and link you receive on your system.