1 For Businesses, Offering Cyber Security Products As A Benefit Pays Off!
These days, it is almost impossible to secure all the devices in a business! Employees are checking email and surfing the web on computers of their own, tablets and phones. This makes it almost impossible to run security checks on all the devices being used for company business. An easy way around this is to offer cybersecurity products as part of employee benefits; this benefit pays off big for the company by minimizing the risk of having unsecured devices interacting with your network.
2 Start Using an Online Invoicing System!
Stop accepting invoices by email! Anyone can create an email and pose as a vendor, and it’s not hard to create an invoice which looks convincing enough for a cybercriminal to get paid. Set up an ACH (automated clearing house) payment system online where vendors are approved in advance. Your vendors will set up in an account on the ACH system using their credentials, then when the time comes they simply submit their invoices online. Then agree to use an already established order number and payment method to pay your vendor. This will cut down on phony invoices being submitted and paid out. When you have a vendor that simply won’t do ACH, use postal mail.
3 Avoid Clicking On Emailed Links and Opening Attachments or Use a Proxy Site!
If you’re unfamiliar with the person sending you an email, the obvious advice is to not click on the link! But sometimes, clicking on links is unavoidable. This is when you need to use a proxy site; proxy sites (like proxysite.com or dontfilter.com) will change your IP address and make you more anonymous. This will make it more difficult for hackers find information about you. For attachments, try opening them in google drive first. This simple step will limit you from downloading anything malicious onto your computer or network.
4 Update You Software
By now, many people would think ‘update your software’ goes without saying; the Equifax breach could’ve been prevented by updating software though, so it is worth repeating. Excuses for not updating are putting you in jeopardy of becoming the next victim of a cyber attack.
5 Use a Password Manager
If you’re not already using a password manager, your password probably is not complex enough. Even worse, many people use the same password for work and personal accounts which increases your risk of fallout from a cyber attack. The password managers will create complex passwords and remember them for you; they’re available as apps and as plugins for your browser. Some of these will cost you a couple of dollars, but they’re really worth their value.