In the world of hackers, it is easy to get burnt. Here are our top 10 cyber-security tips:

1. You, yes you, are a target

“It will never happen to me.” You are/can be an opportunistic target for hackers, it can and probably will happen to you at some point.

2. Do a data backup every day

If you have the misfortune of going through a cyber-attack, theft, hardware malfunction or data loss, you still have your data backed up and ready to use.

3. Keep apps and software up to date

App and software creators are constantly tweaking and fixing bugs. By keeping your apps and software up to date you will be ahead of weaknesses that developers find and fix. Hackers seek out vulnerabilities in apps and software and use these to send their malicious commands to.

4. Create strong passwords

8 characters are not enough. Use a mix of characters, symbols, and numerals. Create a different password for each different sites. Create passwords that aren’t personal to you and easy to discover and never write your password down or give it out to others.

4. Think before you click

Practice caution when you receive emails with attachments or links. If it’s from an unknown source or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. For more information on how to identify a scam email read our post here: https://thewayforward.co.za/security/how-to-identify-an-email-scam-in-10-seconds-or-less/

5. Have anti-malware installed on your devices

Having a good anti-malware software installed on all of your devices can be a life-saver (or data saver) Malware can be anything from adware to spyware to ransomware to trojans and phishing schemes. Protecting your devices from malware is more important now that ever before.

6. Keep it locked up

Leaving your device unattended is a big no-no. If you need to leave your device unattended (bathroom break anyone?) make sure that the screen is locked or if you can lock the device away in a cupboard etc. all the better.

7. Browse carefully

Banking, shopping or any browsing where you have to put in your card details or personal information should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network that you trust. Free-wifi, friends devices, etc. should be avoided as it can lead to your information being stolen.

8. Don’t share sensitive information online

Be aware of what you are sharing on social networks. It is easy for criminals to befriend you and gain access to your personal information, such as where you work, where your children go to school, when you’re on holiday, etc. this can lead to spear-phishing scams, phishing schemes made specifically to target you.

9. Physical devices

Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even smartphones. Be careful of what you plug into your computer and have anti-malware installed on your device. (Point 5.)

10. Stay up-to-date

Know what the latest scams are and how to identify them. Knowledge is power and in this case cyber-security.

If you do not have cyber-security or anti-malware software, contact Derek on +27 72 724 4911 or derek@thewayforward.co.za to get a free quote. Alternatively, check out our cyber-security offerings here: https://thewayforward.co.za/services/software/

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