Is cyber security at the top of your to-do list? Probably not. Should it be? Almost certainly, yes.
Cyber makes the headlines every day. It can often seem overwhelming and the temptation to do nothing is real.
Philip Abrie, Technical Director, talks through the three biggest areas of basic cyber hygiene you should be applying:
We all know that they are annoying, but when your computer prompts you should run an update. Or better still, ask ILUX to do it for you out of hours, you then know that it is safe and secure.
The biggest threat to cyber safety is your human layer and their passwords:
☒ Don’t use obvious ones such as children’s names, pet names or birthdays. Avoid any personal information in a password
☒ Don’t ever give your password to anyone, including us
☒ Never write down passwords
☒ Use a unique password for each account
🗹 Use a random password generator, or passphrases with upper-case and lower-case letters, and special characters
🗹 Embrace multi-factor authentication
🗹 Use a password manager
Awareness of social engineering (i.e. people asking too many questions!)
🗹 Be aware of anyone trying to get personal information from you, especially by piecemeal
🗹 Look carefully at emails that don’t feel right:
The sender’s address
Discrepancies in the writing format
Spelling and grammar issues
🗹 Watch out for urgency, emotion and unexpected money
☒ If you’re not sure – stop, think, check (Google for details or pick up the phone)
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