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5 Useful Cyber Security Tips to Ensure your Digital Safety

Cyber-attacks are an increasingly common concern and it is no longer an option to be careless with your Online Security, both personally and in the business environment. Alongside the upcoming Cyber Security Essentials for Businesses course, the ECT has put together 5 useful tips for avoiding malicious malware and viruses, to help protect you against the most common cyber risks and threats.

1. Stop Ignoring Updates

It’s all too easy to continuously ignore your operating system or software when it’s trying to offer you install an update, but remember that systems are only ever updated when it is necessary. Often, the updates are a direct reaction to threats in the current cyber security environment and ignoring them leaves you open to attacks. For the same reason, it is recommended that you don’t use unlicensed or pirated versions of software, as these will not receive correct updates as like the legitimate software.

“The last thing you want is to lose all your important documents as your network ceases to function.”

2. Always Back Up Your Data

If you fall victim to a cyber-attack, the last thing you want is to lose all your important documents as your network ceases to function. Backing up your data is easier than ever and no longer involves storing all your data on memory sticks and large hard drives. Cloud powered data storage systems, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, are accessible to everyone and keep your data secure. Remember it is important to get advice that offers practical solutions on how to manage and reduce these threats.

If you are backing up information on physical archives, it is always recommended to buy for quality rather than affordability – as well as being able to store more information, higher quality devices are considerably less likely to crash than the cheaper equivalents.

3. A Good Antivirus Software Can Make a Big Difference

Dedicated Antivirus solution providers are constantly upgrading their tools to combat advanced malware and ransomware. As a result, they remain the most efficient way to combat common cyber threats and prevent malicious software from infecting your network, by selecting appropriate controls and reducing risk. Antiviruses can stop dangerous content from being downloaded onto your drive, as well as quarantining a virus if it is downloaded, limiting the potential damage.

You can look around for the best antivirus protection online: don’t be afraid to do your research to find the most suitable solution for your needs.

4. Make Sure You and Your Colleagues are Aware of the Dangers

Prevention is better than cure, and the best way to combat any potential malware threats is to educate yourself and those working with you about these dangers, as well as the legal, regulatory and management responsibilities required to fully protect yourself.

The ECT’s Cyber Security Essentials for Businesses course covers key knowledge of ransomware attacks and viruses and provides vital advice to prepare you to deal with threats once they have been released. The course provides extensive guidance on the legal and practical aspects of reducing these threats and offers advice on cost effective business protection, as well an overview of the current cyber security environment and business impacts.

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5. Vary Your Passwords

It might seem convenient to use the same password for every online account, but if a cyber-attack manages to reveal your password, you are putting every one of those accounts at risk.

The best solution to ensure your hardware and software security is to use a different password for every account, using a variety of letters, numbers and special characters – the more complex, the better. It can get complicated to manage all these passwords, so the ECT’s digital experts suggest consider the use of a browser plug-in that monitors password entry and saves your credentials for each account. Small tools and plug-ins like this are covered on the ECT’s Cyber Security course, and can make a big difference to the effectiveness of your digital defences.

Places on the upcoming Cyber Security Essentials for Businesses are limited, so if you would like to attend please get in touch as soon as possible.

(part-funding is available)

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