Check out these top tips for staying safe out there in the digi-world
When we saw this post we knew we had to respond with our top tips for preventing and combating these breaches.
Here’s my tip: –
Data breaches have become a huge deal in recent years and can cost businesses hundreds of millions in damages and repairs. They can seemingly come from nowhere, but of course, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of it having to you. The first step in my opinion comes with the proper management of your staff who use IT systems. There is a phrase known in the IT world as a drive-by download which is where an end user simply browses to a site which may have been compromised or contains some form of virus. This can then exploit the machine simply by the end user being on the web page. There are many options both on a server or standard PC as well as with many routers and firewalls that, if set up correctly, can block a vast majority of these attacks, as well as preventing certain or types of web pages that employees can access whilst at work.
It’s important to inform and train end users in security awareness. Show them the ins and outs of how to detect or recognise a potential attack or website showing malicious behaviour. Inform the users of best practise when it comes to managing sensitive or client data. Why not create your own methods and guidelines internally? This won’t only help protect your business from the outside in, but will create a culture of awareness within the business itself.
And here's some top tips from our resident data safe expert Ian...
Use a different password for each website, it should be unique, not Password2, P4ssw0rd2 and so on.
- Use a password manager to achieve this, they can hold all your website logins securely and can even suggest good passwords for you. I would recommend Lastpass, Keepass or Dashlane.
- Don’t use passwords you think of yourself, humans are bad at picking random things. Use a diceware password generator (like this one), you will get a secure password such as “correct horse battery staple”, which is easy for a person to memorise but difficult for a computer to guess. See here for an example.
- And if you must sign up to a website you would like to keep secret *cough* Ashley Madison *cough*, use a disposable burner email address that can’t be traced back to you.
Amica are always at hand to offer friendly advice on what to do in situations like this, as well as be hands on and ready to help with anything you may need, whether it’s moving application platforms around or simply having a one to one conversation with your supplier to go over the options.