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10 ways to improve your security

The emergence of smart phones, social networking, the Cloud, mobile users and the ever increasing use of the Internet means that security is on the concerned minds of businesses everywhere.

Cybercrime is on the rise and risks include data theft and service disruption as well as identity fraud and significant financial loss.

Below are some easy ways you can avoid some of the most common security mistakes we find when conducting audits:

10 ways to improve your security

  • Never give out your username and password through email, over the phone, or in person, or leave post it notes containing password information on your desk.
  • Ensure your internet browser is updated with the latest version and choose the option NOT to save any credentials.
  • Never post your date of birth or sensitive company information on social media sites. It is also a good idea to use a separate, personal email address for these mediums, rather than your work address.
  • Secure your servers with a locked server room. It only takes a minute for someone to steal your server and leave you with a disaster on your hands!
  • Lock your computer when you walk away from your desk.
  • Encrypt your data! It is increasingly common for people to work on the go from laptops or iPhones and Android devices – what happens if these devices are lost or stolen?
  • Never click on links in emails if you don’t know who they are from. One link can take down your machine and compromise the entire network. It could be concealed in something as common as a spreadsheet to bypasses attachment controls.
  • Password protect your mobile device and change this password every 60 days.
  • Make sure you have an antivirus product protecting your systems, and ensure it is current, not out of date!
  • Get a Security Assessment performed by a trained professional every 6 – 12 months to properly access your network security and overall security standpoint.