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Cyber Security 101

Check out our top 10 tips to keep you and your network safe.

No matter how effective (or expensive) the security tools protecting your network are, it only takes one careless user to create damage across the whole network. Keep your team safe by working safely and with caution whenever you’re online. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you go about your web-surfing.

1. Don’t Be Naïve.

Everybody says “That will never happen to me” until it does. It’s important to stay educated and realize that hackers may see you as an attractive target.

2. Rethink Your Password.

Use a strong mix of letters, numbers and special characters for your log-ins—and it’s a good idea to keep them varied across your accounts. A 12-character password is far more secure than a password with only eight or fewer characters.

3. Lock it Up.

Keep a close eye on your personal things. It’s never wrong to lock up your things before you leave for the day at work and take your valuable with you when you’re in a public space, even if it’s just for a moment.

4. Think Before you Click.

Be careful when clicking on attachments in an email. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it.

5. Keep Your Personal Things, Personal.

Things like online banking and online shopping should only be conducted from a computer and a network that you trust. Data can be copied or stolen when on a public and insecure network.

6. Back it Up.

Take care to back up your data regularly and that your anti-virus software is up to date.

7. Be Careful with Flash Drives.

It’s important to be conscientious of things you plug in and put into your computer since Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even smart phones.

8. Share Less.

Careful of what you share on social media. Criminals can easily befriend you and gain access to a shocking amount of information like where you went to school, where you live, and when you’re on vacation, making you an easy mark for theft and fraud.

9. Be Wary of Middle Men.

If someone calls asking for sensitive information, it’s OK to say no. You can always call the company directly to verify credentials before giving out any information.

10. Monitor Your Things.

Stay on top of your accounts for any suspicious activity and if you see something unfamiliar it could be a sign that you’ve been compromised.

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