How to improve your cyber security and safety

How to improve your cyber security and safety

How to improve your cyber security and safety

Online cyber security has never been more important than in 2021.

There’s no doubt that cybercriminals, and those crazy folks that have too much time on their hands and decide to use it to hack and disrupt good folks websites and accounts are on the rise!

That is why, here at Sure Communication, we hold Government backed qualifications in Cyber security to help ensure we can provide the highest level of protection and knowledge in this ever evolving field for the safety of our clients, their customers and ourselves.

The big offenders of this unsavoury and damaging behaviour are frequently mentioned in the news, so we probably don’t need to spell those out to you.

Thankfully, most people are aware of just how important their online security is, but still, it never hurts to check all’s working well and increase knowledge and protection because these people never stop honing and developing their cyber-attack skills!

The online security was even beefed up in a major way for the recent 2021 Oscars, because the majority of it was being hosted online for the first time in its 93 year history. Hackers were certainly not welcome to the glitzy movie party. One of the Oscar winners isn’t a shy guy when it comes to online presence, Sir Anthony Hopkins didn’t just win another Oscar, he’s been winning more fans from around the world with his brilliant social media posts during lockdown and beyond, have you seen them?

Did you know? Even allowing the smaller attacks to happen can highlight your vulnerabilities to other hackers for them to carry out more invasive hacks and obtain more information from you or inflict greater damage!

That’s why even if you’re not a business or website owner, if you use the internet or any digital applications at all (we’re confident you do if you’re reading this), then it’s vital you have robust protections on all your devices and even more so if you are a website or business owner.

The UK Government (thankfully) takes a strong view on cyber security, and as a result of the exponential growth of smart connectivity devices (especially in 2021) which belong to the Internet of Things (IoT), they are now considering a new ‘cyber security law‘ which will force brands to provide greater security protection on anything from smartphones to kids toys.

Not only are we qualified in cyber security, we also only use the most robust data centres too. We’ve been partnered with Rackspace for many years and they are a world renowned, international data storage and security company, who constantly innovate to keep cloud data protected, and harmful attacks at bay.

One of the ways in which companies can ensure accounts are less easy for hackers to access, is through two factor authentication.

You’ve probably already heard of it and are likely to already be using this added layer of online security. We use it on our CRM system alongside several of our other bespoke built web systems. While some people find it an annoying extra step, most realise that it’s an essential layer to help protect all that precious data, especially when it comes to the safety of your customers data too! 

Online Cyber Security with Two Factor Authentication

If it makes sense for your bank account…

It’s worth talking to us about this if it’s not something you’ve considered before but would definitely like to know more about, as we have applied this to several of our clients portals utilising either text or email two step authentication.

Discover 10 Simple Ways to Keep Yourself, Your Customers and Your Loved Ones Safe Online

  1. Keep your software updated on ALL devices and your hardware in good working order too.
  1. Build STRONG passwords, varying them and updating them regularly – Include upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols.
  1. Only shop on secure websites that have a little padlock in the URL field (HTTPS = SSL certified) and also have some form of SiteLock, TRUSTe or other known security payment feature.
  1. Go old school and use a FIREWALL and your systems other FREE inbuilt security features. Get all the security you can get your digits on.
  1. If you don’t know it or you’re the teeniest, tiniest bit unsure… DO NOT CLICK IT! Be careful of what you choose to download too!
  1. Be cautious about what you share on social media, just the smallest of personal detail can enable cyber criminals to take advantage!
  1. Use trusted and powerful security software for your online activities and have a regular clear out of your cookies, search history, stored files…
  1. Ensure your internet connection is secure and if you are working from a public or open network, be cautious of the things you view. Consider using your search engines ‘Incognito Mode’ or ‘Private Browsing’ option when working online in a public space or accessing personal data records like your bank etc. Firefox is particularly good for this, they give you really simple ways to make your search super secure.
  1. Watch your kids and/or parents online activity like a hawk. You never know who they’ll end up talking to, what information they’ll end up sharing or what they’ll end up purchasing! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

If this article has brought up any questions regarding your cyber security and what you can do to make your online business activities safer, please get in touch to discuss how we can help you.

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