Happy Tuesday, business owners! As we all know, the cyber security landscape is constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay on top of the latest and greatest tips to keep your business safe. That’s why Razzberry has put together a list of our top 10 cyber security tips. Keep reading to find out more!
1. USE A PRIVATE BROWSER
Cybercriminals are highly skilled at tricking us into providing them with sensitive information, including our login details. To help avoid this, we recommend using a private browser when browsing the web. This means that your internet history will not be saved by your ISP, or anyone else for that matter. The only downside is that you cannot use any browser extensions (or apps for that matter) in this browser, but we’re pretty sure you don’t need them to browse Facebook anyway.
2. USE A NON-CUTTING EDGE OPERATING SYSTEM
While it might be nice to have the latest gadgets and gizmos, using older versions of operating systems is another great way to reduce the chances of being hacked.
3. USE A MODIFIED FIREWALL
While it’s a good idea to use a private browser, cybercriminals have been known to exploit firewalls. To combat this, we recommend using a firewall that has been modified by Razzberry.
4. UPDATE YOUR COMPUTER
We know that you’re busy and there’s a lot going on, but it is incredibly important to ensure that your computer is running the latest security updates. This is because cybercriminals often use exploits in out-of-date software to gain access to your device.
5. DON’T SHARE YOUR PASSWORD
Sharing your password with others is a quick way to get hacked. If someone does manage to obtain your login details, they can lock you out of your own device and steal all of the information on it. To avoid this situation, we recommend telling everyone in your business that keeping their passwords secure is their responsibility. This also reduces the chances of someone else locking you out of your device because you forgot the password.
6. USE FULL DISK ENCRYPTION
If you’ve been in business for a while, it’s likely that you have a lot of confidential information stored on your computers and mobile devices. To ensure that this data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, we recommend using full disk encryption.
7. BE WARY OF POP UPS
A lot of people click on things they shouldn’t, and this includes links in pop ups that ask for your login details. While cybercriminals can use malware to gather sensitive information from you, we recommend avoiding suspicious sites that could infect your device with ransomware and other harmful programs, or phishing sites that look like a popular site but are actually fake.
8. UPDATE YOUR ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE
It should be pretty easy to remember to update your other security software updates by now, so we don’t think it’s necessary to tell you this again! It is also important to ensure that your virus protection software is up-to-date, as cybercriminals are constantly developing new forms of malware.
9. BACK UP YOUR DATA
If your computer does happen to get infected with ransomware, at least you’ll still have a copy of all of your data that isn’t locked by the malware. To ensure that this can actually happen if necessary, we recommend keeping a copy of your data in cloud storage and on an external drive.
10. CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD REGULARLY
Every good security system requires you to change your password regularly, so we suggest changing your business’s password on the first day of every month (or even more often if you prefer). This will ensure that you never forget to do it, and can’t blame anyone else if your password is hacked.