Recapping Cyber Security Awareness Month
Cyber Security –Are You Protected?
October was Cyber Security Awareness month, however awareness is a daily necessity. Think you are not worthy of being an online predator’s target? Think again! Your identity, financial data and what is in your e-mail are all valuable – both personal and company. Cyber criminals cast a wide net to get to unsuspecting people who think they wouldn’t be a likely target.
Here’s a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
· Create a strong password. Did you know the most common password is “password” followed by a number? According to Microsoft statistics, nearly 1,287 password attacks occur every second and other reports reflect 84% of internet users admit to reusing passwords.
o Make your password long, at least 15 characters(with multiple characters sets – letter, numbers, and special characters).
o Password should be Unique – never used anywhere else even for your personal accounts.
o Randomly generated, ideally by a password manager
o Never save/store them in a non-secure manner(Word Documents, Excel Files, Text files).
o Change your passwords on a regular basis. Shorter and weaker passwords should be changed more often and ideally made stronger and longer.
· Multifactor Authentication. Two Factor Authentication, Multifactor Authentication, Two-step Authentication, MFA, 2FA,etc. – they all mean the same thing. Opting to add an extra step to validate you are who you say you are. There are 3 accepted “factors” shown below. The second step, or factor, is a lot harder for the bad guys to compromise.
o You are likely to see prompts for this all over– workplaces, financial services, social media, and online stores. Take a few minutes to identify the websites you use that aren’t MFA-enabled. Do they permit opt-in and if so, enable it. If they don’t permit MFA you should reconsider using that site / service.
· Obtain your company’s Cyber Risk Report. Contact us at email@example.com for your FREE report today!
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