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Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Attacks

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March 23, 2016
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As companies do more and more business online and keep personal information in the cloud, it is essential to take extra precautions regarding cybersecurity. Gone are the days when all you had to do to protect valuable information was store it in a safe. In today’s fast-paced world, businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on using technology. While this is not necessarily a bad thing as technology helps us with many tasks, it simply means that security measures must be taken. Here are some of the best ways on how to protect yourself against cyber attacks.

Many companies do not realize that not only do you have to protect yourself from external attacks, but there also needs to be protected from within as well. Often, employees can cause harm without even realizing it by unknowingly opening up malware from an email. Since you cannot always be looking over the shoulder of your employees, there are still a few things you can do to help. For example, if employees use their own mobile devices at work to access sensitive company information, make sure to have them install anti-virus software and to use firewalls, especially if they are accessing this information when outside the confines of the workplace.

Another way to have employees help out with security measures is to have them create strong passwords. Only using a word followed by a string of numbers, as sometimes people do, is not a strong password. Strong passwords should not contain any words at all, even if you use digits instead of vowels for example. Also, be sure to never use the same password for all your different accounts. The most robust passwords will be a string of numbers, letters, and symbols.

One final best practice for preventing a cyber attack is simply by keeping your computers updated. This practical strategy is also probably the most natural thing you can do to help keep your business safe. Sometimes getting notifications all the time can become annoying. Despite how easy it is to ignore these notifications, ignoring security updates leaves you vulnerable from outside attacks.  For professional help on how to secure your company from a cyber attack, call us for a Quote today!

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