The best ways to boost cybersecurity
In all emails you receive, do not simply click on every link attached to them; check the URL for untrustworthiness.
For some, emails take up a huge chunk of time spent at work, and even personal time. When we see links, our instinct is to immediately click on them. But unknown to some, these links could lead to harmful sites. These dangers are not merely annoying advertisements or not suitable for work (NSFW) images; sometimes these can be scams that tend to access sensitive information.
The most basic red flag would be seeing a link that does not contain HTTPS. It is probably safe if the link contains HTTPS:// because it means your data is encrypted between you and the server. However, be suspicious of unexpected e-mails and note that just because a link contains HTTPS:// does not always mean it is safe to click every time. Hackers have a way of going around this as well. A path to data safety is to have professional skepticism, in that you are wary of any information that goes in and out of your computer.
Make use of password managers for password tracking and always use strong unique passwords (even when the site does not ask for a strong one).
Default passwords are given out sometimes to employees to help them access company data conveniently on their first time. However, as an employee trusted with this access, you have to make sure to change the default password and username (if granted the authority). Default access codes are more often than not easily decipherable and/or readily available to hackers, attackers, and intruders.
Password managers, on the other hand, are software that store, generate, and keep track of different complicated passwords for your various accounts. By diversifying your passwords across multiple accounts, hackers cannot simply hack into all your protected data.
Use two-factor (or multi-factor) authentication software.
A security system that requires two (or multiple) sets of different and separate forms of identification is called a two-factor (2FA) authentication. Usually used for Cloud-based online accounts, this may be applied to smartphones, doors, or apps. A password for an online account, for example, might be paired with another password, a PIN, or a code sent to your mobile number or generated by an authenticator app to be able to successfully access it. This is most useful for accounts with high clearance or access such as account administrators and company leaders and personnel who have access to restricted information.
Purchase up-to-date antivirus software.
Antivirus malware are computer programs that prevent, detect, and isolate or remove dangerous software that may come into your computer system. Availing of reliable antivirus scanners is never cliché. Even old-timers recognize that this is among the most basic instruments a person or company can avail of.
Anti-virus does not necessarily mean the expensive kind; even free but safe software exists that can cater to the most basic computer virus scanning needs.
Consult with experienced professional IT service providers.
An IT service provider you consult with may be able to reinforce your cybersecurity needs. For instance, our professional IT services that include risk management, IT services management, and IT strategy and planning aim to keep your data safe from cybercriminals. We analyze the risks that envelope your company, the industry it belongs to, and its business economy and environment.
Optimizing your IT management, whether in-house or outsourced, will restrict access for cyber-attacks.