Cyber Security is the practice of protecting systems, networks and programs from unauthorised access or malicious attacks. Cyber-attacks can cost organisations both time and money and can cause serious damage.

These are some of the most common cyber security threats:

  • Ransomware: this is when an attacker locks their victim’s computer system files-this is done through encryption.
  • Malware: this is includes worms, computer viruses, Trojan horse and spyware.
  • Social Engineering: this is when an attacker ticks its victims into breaking security procedures in order to gain sensitive information.
  • Phishing: this is when fraudulent emails are sent that when opened will steal sensitive data, such as credit card details or login information.

Here are some steps you can take to help you stay protected:

  • Use strong passwords and change them regularly – a password between 6-8 characters including letters, numbers, capitals and special characters as this will help to keep your password indistinguishable.
  • Do NOT open emails or download attachments from people you do not know.
  • Log out of your personal account if you use someone else’s computer or a publicly accessed computer. Remember not to save credentials as this can keep your passwords stored within the browser.
  • Ensure you have high-quality antivirus software you can check out Keyfort’s Next Generation Antivirus here.
  • Think twice before you share any personal information! Including photos, login credentials and current locations – once it is shared, it could stay on the internet forever!
  • Only shop online with trustworthy websites – Check the website starts with ‘https’ or has a green padlock icon.
  • Clear your cookies to prevent companies from checking your online activities and using this information for marketing purposes. Make sure you do not accept cookies from websites you do not trust.
  • Use spam filters to keep unwanted emails with malicious attachments from reaching your inbox, take a look at Keyfort’s Email Management Service.
  • Keep all of the software on your PC up-to-date with the latest updates and patches.

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