Cybercrime is on the rise, and by this time next year, it will be even worse. Cyber criminals are clever and inventive. For every attack thwarted, hundreds more are underway. The best way to protect yourself from a cyber attack is to take preventative measures. When you are vulnerable, you become a target. Companies that work with security professionals stand the best chance to thwart off an attack, but changing your habits can improve your odds as well. Consider a few important tips to reduce cyber crime.
- Change online habits
Reconsider how you and your employees operate online. A few easy things you can do to protect yourself online and your e-dentity is to use strong passwords, change passwords often, don’t give out your passwords, log out completely of websites, clear web browsing history and cookies, and be careful where you input your personal and financial information online. You must only put in your information on sites that is secure and encrypted.
- Do not connect to free Wi-Fi
Connect only to secure Wi-Fi connections. This is true for your personal devices and any devices taken out of the office. Do not connect to Wi-Fi connections that you don’t recognize, and change your internet connection settings so that your device does not automatically connect to an open connection.
- Train and educate employees
It is important that you educate your employees about safe online practices, social media security, common types of intrusions, and cyber crime awareness. You must establish safety and security protocols to protect the business, its employees, critical data, and the clients who do business with your company. Education and awareness go a long way, and an IT professional can help you devise an employee education, training, and procedure strategy.
- Consider the worst case scenario
Your company will do its best when it plans for the worst. Operate each day is if disaster can strike at any moment. This doesn’t mean to be scared all the time, but you must be proactive and procedural. There has to be a plan in place at all times to prevent, backup, and to restore all necessary data and operations. Work with an IT professional and essential management to create and implement a disaster recovery plan.
- Secure devices
Ensure all devices are locked and secure, and that the passwords are difficult to crack. It is critical that ANY of the company’s sensitive data is not stored on the device itself but saved in a Cloud instead. If the device is lost or stolen, or if it crashes, you want to have the ability to cut off access and protect the company’s data.
- Secure your system
Work with an IT professional to secure your network. You must ensure the system and its devices are up-to-date, loaded with the latest security software, your website and all apps must be monitored regularly for malware and intrusions, and your network must be capable of handling targeted attacks that zero-in on the network specifically.
You can’t tackle cyber security and cybercrime alone, but a team of experts can. Contact Troinet to talk about your security needs, prevention plans, and 24/7/365 support.