Cybersecurity Awareness – The First Line of Protection

Private and sensitive information, stored in document files represents probably the best lure for hackers, and this is a known fact. Maybe that’s why some of the most popular breaches, along the years, have been precisely those. The reason is simple: Hackers are searching for any possible information that might convert into a more significant reward for them. And let’s face it, private information is, indeed, the best. Imagine what would happen if someone would have access to your social security number, or your bank account. During the last couple of years, we have seen multiple breaches involving personal records, and we’ve also witnessed the outcomes. It’s precisely because of these sad examples, we should be more aware of the risks that we are exposed to, but also how to manage private information to avoid this kind of breaches to happen in the future.

Luckily, today, we have at our disposal thousands of security programs, the market is filled with security companies that have that purpose: keep your business safe. However, before reaching out to these, there is one thing that we should all do, and that’s being aware of all the threats out there and the minimum security procedures we need to apply.

First of all, I would like to list some of the most common practices that put our information at risk such as downloading confidential documents from the workplace computer to a generic USB, attaching and sending confidential documents using a personal account, and more other.

The first step any company should take on its journey towards a higher security is training its employees and make them aware of the threats that the company might be exposed to.

Let’s talk about how to keep your business safe. After all, this is a topic that most of you is mostly interested in. Recently, I came across a very insightful article talking about 101 data protection tips, and I thought to share that with you. Before that, let me summarize some of the tips that got my attention, and that I would like to highlight.

· Use website privacy settings – You only need to go to the navigation panel or the settings menu and make sure that all the privacy settings are lined up.

· Always sign-out – Whether is your workplace computer or your personal computer, if you are going to leave it unattended, you must always sign-out from your accounts. Many of the cyber-attacks start from malicious employees. So you should avoid giving them access to your email account or your files stored on your computer

· Don’t open emails received from people you don’t know – IF you receive emails from unknown persons, that have files attached, particularly those with an .exe extension, you should definitely not open it, not to mention opening the attachment.

· Use secure websites especially for sensitive transaction – If you are sharing private and sensitive information, or if you want to conduct a financial transaction, you should always make sure that you are using a secure website. You can easily recognize them from the SSL (Secure Socket Layers) protocol that appears at the beginning of the URL

Read the original article and discover more about keeping your files secure but also what security measures you need to take following a data breach. Enjoy the reading and stay safe!

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