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7 JULY 2020
Online security awareness: Best practices to protect your company and your costumers

Sam Dallow

Business Development

    Your Data is in danger! In an increasingly digitalised world and economy, offline and online security are fundamental pillars for any well-respected company.  It is crucial for an organisation to protect its networks and data from any attacks, damage, or unauthorised third-party access, in other words, a good cybersecurity background. Cybersecurity, broadly speaking refers to the practices of technology information security with cybersecurity attacks coming in a variety of forms and cover a broad range of cyber-invasions. But why should you care as a mover? Because it’s basically about protecting all of the sensitive information that you have access too, private details of customers, passwords to different websites (bank details, service providers, company accounts), or any other private data that you may have.

    What types of Cyber Security Attacks are there?

    There are several different ways that criminals can attack your information. The different ways that you can get attack is are accessing personal passwords, Social engineering/ Phishing.

    Passwords

    Cyberattacks are often targeted to bypass your personal passwords and access your personal data. Although cybersecurity experts insist on using different passwords for your accounts, about 70% of users re-use their passwords in various platforms, meaning that even if your password is strong, but use it in a compromised website, your personal data is highly accessible for cyberhackers. For that matter, it is crucial to have distinct passwords for the different websites you visit; that way, if a website does get hacked, then you can be sure that all of your other information can be safe.  Think about all the different important passwords you use constantly to access company accounts and financial procedures. If only one website gets breached, then there is a chance that all other accounts could face the same problem.

    Check if your email address has been compromised through this link.

    Regardless of the size and reputation of a company, there is always a risk of your data being compromised, as almost 90% of cybersecurity incidents in a company are due to human errors.

    Social engineering /or phishing

    This malware practice refers to the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. Fraudulent behaviour from people who pretend to be banks, or other ‘trustworthy institutions’ and call to confirm a transaction. It sounds cliché but never give your personal details over the phone, no matter how trustworthy or convincing it may sound. Always complete transactions through your official banking app and if you might be having doubts of the authenticity of the website, call your official provider.

    What can I do to protect myself // How to prevent cyberattacks?

    It’s simple, the first step is instilling awareness and best practices to employees that are responsible for use of work equipment: computers or any devices with access to the organisation's data. We recommend following these 2 cybersecurity protocols:

    Password Managing Program

    It is difficult to follow cybersecurity experts’ recommendations as it is nearly impossible to remember all your different used passwords for all the websites. We recommend using a ‘Password Management Program’, for its convenience and, more importantly, helps in creating better passwords with the aim of making your online presence less vulnerable to password-based attacks. A password manager assists in retrieving complex passwords, potentially storing such passwords in an encrypted database, or calculating them on demand. 

    When you use a password manager and need to log into a website, instead of typing your password into the website, you type your master password into the password manager, which automatically fills the appropriate login information into that specific website - if you’re already logged into your password manager, it will automatically fill the data for you. You don’t have to think about what email address, username, and password you used for the website – your password manager does all the dirty work for you. 


    One-time passwords

    Another simple way to protect yourself if you are using a CRM system or Mailbox’s, is by using a onetime password: a 6 digital code that regenerates every 30 seconds. This adds an extra layer called “hash function”, meaning the code can be read one way but not the way back. 

    How does it work? 
    Think of it like this “When you add milk to your coffee, and the hacker needs to get only the milk out. But there is no way, as it has already been mixed with all the coffee. There is no way to just get the milk out” 

    That is why it is mathematically know that it cannot be reversed so they are 100% safe. Even if both your password and email address have been breached, the hacker would need to have physical access to your phone to get your information. One-time passwords can be set-up with all of the most popular mailboxes such as Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo.

    Starting off by taking small steps to protect yourself to ensure that your information is safe, must be a main priority for your company. If you found these tips useful and want to see more regular knowledge on how to improve your business, make sure to follow us on both Facebook and Linkedin. Where we are constantly posting tips and tricks to help make your business more effective and efficient.
     
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    Sam Dallow

    Business Development

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