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With a different cyber attack in the news almost every day, making sure your devices are safe can seem a daunting task. It’s more important than ever to implement even the most basic methods of cybersecurity. You may believe an attack will never happen to you, but that’s where you’re more than likely wrong. Everybody has something of value to a hacker.
We’ve specialised in cybersecurity for over 15 years, helping businesses and users to protect their data. Here are our 101 cyber security tips, tricks and hints that you can implement today:
Delivery – Once a vulnerability has been found this is where the attacker will deliver the virus or malware. Delivering a virus can be done via phishing emails or fake websites.
Breach – If the virus or malware is delivered to the intended device the attack then enters the breach phrase. Attackers can then start making changes to your system.
Affect – This is the final part of an attack. If an attack reaches this stage attackers can edit data and also leave a permanent access route on your network.
It’s possible for you to find an attack at any of these stages but it’s also possible for attacks to go through all four of these stages without being noticed.
How great is online shopping? Order it one day it’s on your doorstep the next, yet this is some cyber criminals favourite playground. Always make sure you’re buying from a reputable site. Check a website’s about page and contact details and always look for the green lock we mentioned earlier.
Make sure your payments are secure. If you click the green SSL lock at the top of a web page (if it has one, if it doesn’t do not send any money via that site!), then details you’re able to see a site’s SSL certificate including the dates it was issued.
Whenever you buy something online check your online banking straight after. Make sure everything is as it should be and the right amount has been withdrawn from your account. The quicker you spot any errors, the quicker you can act on them.
Once you’ve finished online shopping always make sure you log out of your account. There’s never any reason to stay logged in once you have finished your shopping.
Not only should you try to verify the website but also check the seller. Check customer reviews and make sure you have contact details for them in case anything goes wrong. Never buy from an unverified seller. You wouldn’t give your card details to a stranger on the street.
Always read the terms and conditions! We know they’re tedious and boring to read, but it’s always good to know what you’re getting into. If there’s anything that looks dodgy, it probably is.
Before you purchase anything online make sure you’ve read and know your online consumer rights. You can view them here – Which? Online consumer rights.
Never click a link in an E-mail that has come from your bank or asks for any login credentials. Banks will never ask for your details over E-mail and very rarely by phone. Treat anything that appears to be from your bank with the utmost caution.
Get notified. Make sure you’ve set up any notifications available for online banking. These could be push notifications or text messages with balance updates and more.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, remote working has become prolific. In our rush to get people working from home, security was not given the priority it needed. Download our ultimate guide to securely working from home for our top tips of being secure.
Many of us have had to use personal devices in order to get remote working, however, this is not the most secure way of working. While we would always advice to have a dedicated work device, there are a number of steps you can take to safely use your own device, which are listed in our online guide.
Educate yourself when it comes to cyber security. The more you understand it the easier you’ll find it to implement effective methods. Our cybersecurity guide for Birmingham businesses is a great starting point, and it's not just about business firewalls.
Look at our article on ’25 of the most common used passwords online’. Like the ones above if you use any of these make sure you change them now.
Use Bruce Schneier’s password method – This is where you turn a sentence/story into a password. Examples:
I cannot wait to turn 30 in July – 1CntWa2Tu30In07
I like to be at home – Il1k32B@Ho
I went to the shops at work and bought chocolate – 1We2ThSh@Wo&BoC
For the full guide about Bruce Schneier’s method read our guide on ‘How to create the perfect password’.
When using online banking, it is critical that you have two-factor authentication when logging into your bank account online. You must implement every single security measure when it comes to online banking.
Check out the cybersecurity website section for more information on cybersecurity.
Becoming Cyber Essentials accredited is a great way of becoming cyber secure for any small sized business. Our IASME Cyber Essentials FAQ helps to answer the most common questions about the certification.
We’ve reached the end! You should now feel like a cyber security Superman!