We all know we should be careful about cyber security, but we don’t always practice it. By creating an appreciation of online safety practices, you could be saving your business thousands of dollars. Here are some easy to implement tips that you can start using today.

You can print these off and ensure each employee gets a copy.

  1. Big or small, cyber criminals love them all! Cyber criminals don’t care about the size of the company they are attacking. In 2016, 43% of cyber attacks targeted small businesses. Smaller organizations with fewer resources for cyber security are the primary target for cryptojacking and ransomware attacks.
  1. Password Management cannot be stressed enough times. Do not use the same password on multiple. Do not share your password with anyone. Do not write your password on a post-it and attached it to your monitor. Do use a mixture of letters, special characters and numbers to create a strong password that is at least 12 characters in length. Click here for more ideas on creating strong passwords.
  1. Do not click on attachments if you are unsure of the source of the email or it looks suspicious. If your co-worker has never sent you a recipe before, that email may be a phishing email. Always check the URL before clicking through to the website.
  1. Use caution when plugging in other devices to your computer. Malware can be spread through flash drives, external hard drives, and even your smartphone or tablet.
  1. Back it up! Do you have a regular schedule that you adhere to for backing up your files? How often you should run a backup program will depend on what your business does and how important your data is. When creating a backup plan keep in mind that your most important files should be backed up daily while other files can be done If you are not sure what should be backed up, a company such as MicroAge can offer suggestions.
  1. Be careful what information you are giving out through emails or phone calls. Reputable companies will not ask for sensitive data. If someone asks for this type of information, you can say no, or you can call the company back to verify credentials.
  1. The common identity thief is looking for information that can be sold. Encrypting sensitive communications is the only way to protect your privacy and will keep you data safe from those looking to hijack your accounts. Email communications are not protected unless they are encrypted.
  1. If you need to conduct personal online banking or shopping, it is best to do this on a device that belongs to you personally or on a network you trust. If you use a friend’s device, a public computer or free Wi-Fi from a business, your information could be stolen.

With an increase in cyber crimes, putting into practice safe technology usage will benefit not only your company but your employees as well. This simple measures will only take minutes to complete and could save you valuable resources in the long run.

If you are unsure or need advice on cyber security, MicroAge would be happy to assist you in creating a plan that will work for your company.

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