The internet has devolved into a dangerous environment littered with malicious links, Trojans, and viruses. Data breaches are growing more common, and unwary consumers are more susceptible than ever. When a single click may cost hundreds, if not millions, of dollars, customers need action steps to help them stay attentive and secure online. Knowing the hazards and taking precautions can help you lower your chances of being a victim of an unwanted attack. Discover the 5 golden cyber security rules:
There are several resources available to help you stay current on security issues. Regardless of whatever one (or many) you select, you must select one. In today’s tech-savvy world, securing your information isn’t taught in law school, and being oblivious just increases your chances of committing legal malpractice (and, of course, getting hacked).
You can’t be a leader if you haven’t educated yourself. The blind will not be guiding the blind. Everyone will notice if you profess to be a leader but don’t know what you’re talking about.
Check Before Clicking
- Never click on links or open attachments from unknown sources in your e-mail or website.
- Always ensure that the domains of the senders of the e-mail you receive are authenticated.
- Check that the URLs you visit begin with HTTPS//.
- 90 percent of cyber-attacks begin with phishing, a computer crime that involves the widespread dissemination of e-mail messages including links to bogus banking or other websites, along with requests to update consumers’ personal information.
Use strong passwords
Ideally, your password should include a variety of characters, including letters (both lowercase and uppercase), numbers, and punctuation marks. Avoid using names, dates, or document numbers. Do not reveal your password, do not write it down, and do not use the same password for several logins since if someone discovers it for one account, they will have access to all of them.
Reporting of Suspicious Behavior
Your employees will be able to detect suspicious activities if you adequately teach them the importance of cyber security. However, just as you must persuade a jury that you are correct and then persuade them to act accordingly, your employees must be empowered to report what they perceive.
Backup you’re Data
All of your efforts to defend your company from cyber-attacks will only restrict your susceptibility. There’s always the possibility of disaster. So, if the rug is pulled out from under you, make sure you have a plan in place to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. There are several methods for storing your data, ranging from local servers to cloud backup. Remember that your data must be protected not just from hackers, but also from more mundane threats. Will a power surge or a lightning strike kill both your backup and your server if they are both connected to the same outlet? You don’t have enough backups if both your primary and backup storage would be impacted if one of your buildings burnt down or flooded.