Cybercrime is undoubtedly one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world and it continues to impact businesses in all industries. Organisations need to be aware of the most up-to-date cybersecurity tips and best practices. Staying protected from cyberattacks is challenging. However, there are a number of cybersecurity tips that can help organisations to stay ahead of cyber threats. They are as follows:
1. Keep software up-to-date
Software companies typically provide software updates for 3 reasons: to add new features, fix known bugs, and upgrade security. Always update to the latest version of your software to protect yourself from new or existing security vulnerabilities.
2. Avoid opening suspicious emails
If an email looks suspicious, do not open it because it might be a phishing scam. Someone might be impersonating another individual or company to gain access to your personal information. Sometimes the emails may also include attachments or links that can infect your devices.
3. Keep hardware up-to-date
Outdated computer hardware may not support the most recent software security upgrades. Additionally, old hardware makes it slower to respond to cyber-attacks if they happen. Make sure to use computer hardware that’s more up-to-date.
4. Use a secure file-sharing solution to encrypt data
If you regularly share confidential information, you absolutely need to start using a secure file-sharing solution. Regular email is not meant for exchanging sensitive documents, because if the emails are intercepted, unauthorized users will have access to your precious data.
5. Use anti-virus and anti-malware
As long as you are connected to the web, it is impossible to have complete and total protection from malware. However, you can significantly reduce your vulnerability by ensuring you have an anti-virus and at least one anti-malware installed on your computers.
6. Use a VPN to privatize your connections
For a more secure and privatized network, use a virtual private network (VPN). It will encrypt your connection and protect your private information, even from your internet service provider.
7. Check links before you click
Links can easily be disguised as something they are not so it’s best to double check before you click on a hyperlink. On most browsers, you can see the target URL by hovering over the link. Do this to check links before you click on them.
8. Change Passwords Regularly
Implement a password policy where you can change your password regularly.
9. Disable Bluetooth when you do not need it
Devices can be hacked via Bluetooth and subsequently your private information can be stolen. If there’s no reason to have your Bluetooth on, turn it off!
10. Enable 2-Factor Authentication
Many platforms now allow you to enable 2-factor authentication to keep your accounts more secure. It is another layer of protection that helps verify that it is actually you who is accessing your account and not someone who’s unauthorized. Enable this security feature when you can.
11. Remove adware from your machines
Adware collects information about you to serve you more targeted ads. It’s best to rid your computer of all forms of adware to maintain your privacy.
12. Double-check for HTTPS on websites
When you’re on a website that isn’t using HTTPS, there’s no guarantee that the transfer of information between you and the site’s server is secure. Double-check that a site’s using HTTPS before you give away personal or private information.
13. Don’t store important information in non-secure places
When storing information online, you want to keep it in a location that cannot be accessed by unauthorized users.
14. Scan external storage devices for viruses
External storage devices are just as prone to malware as internal storage devices. If you connect an infected external device to your computer, the malware can spread. Always scan external devices for malware before accessing them.
15. Avoid using public networks
When you connect to a public network, you’re sharing the network with everyone who is also connected. Any information you send or retrieve on the network is vulnerable. Stay away from public networks or use a VPN when you’re connected to one.
16. Avoid the “secure enough” mentality
Unless you are completely isolated from the rest of the world, there’s no such thing as being “secure enough.”
17. Invest in security upgrades
Following the previous tip, try to invest in security upgrades when they are available. It is better to eat the costs of security than pay for the consequences of a security breach!
18. Back up important data
Important data can be lost as a result of a security breach. To make sure you’re prepared to restore data once it’s lost, you should ensure your important information is backed up frequently on the cloud or a local storage device.
19. Train employees
The key to making cybersecurity work is to make sure your employees well trained, in sync, and consistently exercising security practices. Sometimes, one mistake from an improperly trained employee can cause an entire security system to crumble.
20. Use HTTPS on your website
Having an SSL certificate installed and HTTPS enabled on your website will help encrypt all information that travels between a visitor’s browser and your web server.