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2021: the importance of being Cyber Smart

October is recognised every year as Cyber Security Prevention Month. This year's theme, Do your partIt highlights the important role each company plays in maintaining a focus on cyber security.

However, mere 'attention' is not always enough. Your company can be targeted by a hacker attack in several ways.

Remember that a hacker makes no distinction between small, medium-sized or large companies: all that is needed for cybercriminals is an unprotected device and a person unaware of what is about to happen to him.

Are you really sure that you are covered for all the risks your company may face? 

This is where the importance of being Cyber Smart comes in, i.e. having 'cyber intelligence' both in the company and while using your personal devices.

Here are some important tips to protect your company from cyber attacks:

Fight phishing

The first tip for effectively stopping cybercriminals is to combat phishing attacks. In 2021 alone, there was an increase of 37% in this type of attack.

What can you do to protect yourself?

  • Always keep your company computer and company mobile phone up to date;
  • Be careful about the apps you download from the stores onto your mobile phone, some of which contain viruses designed to steal your personal information;
  • Do not click on links in e-mails or text messages sent by people or companies you do not know;

Unsecured public Wi-Fi

You will often have gone to your usual café, accessed their free Wi-Fi and worked while having breakfast or eating lunch.

But how do you know that the hotspot (their internet access point) has not been compromised by a hacker?

Your personal and company information can be stolen simply by using free Wi-Fi. On the other hand, there are many tutorials on the Internet on how to hack into public Wi-Fi (which is why you should be very careful)!

So don't use free public Wi-Fi to access important sites or platforms of your company.

Smart Accessories

If you use smart accessories in your company, such as watches that connect to the internet, you need to be on the alert. 

Even apps to control the lights in your room or voice command devices can be dangerous. 

All these things make our lives easier in so many ways, but did you know that in the first half of 2021 there were 1.5 billion attacks against these types of smart devices

These new technologies are unfortunately not yet fully protected.

So what can you do to protect your business? 

- Install updates as soon as possible, 

- Always change the default passwords, 

- Uses complicated passwords 

- Restart a device as soon as you see it start to behave strangely.

If you do your part to maintain cyber security in your company, hackers will certainly have a harder target to hit. Become Cyber Smart: protect yourself and your company from cyber attacks.

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