Cybersecurity Best Practices: Safety Tips

04.20.2020 | Soliton Blog

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2020 was already predicted to be a harsh year in terms of total cyber attacks. To make matters worse, hackers have taken advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak and begun targeting far more people through fraudulent means.

Small businesses, in particular, are prime targets— particularly those that have had to adapt and provide their services online. Fortunately, though, there are cybersecurity best practices that employees can take advantage of to help keep your company safe.

For Companies

One of the most efficient ways to boost your company's cybersecurity is by ensuring that your computers' operating system and anti-virus software is always up to date.

As new threats develop, new security methods are created in response and pushed out to users through updates in order to keep them as safe as possible. If you're someone who frequently forgets to update their software, most programs have the option to automatically install updates as they become available.

Sometimes, though, your company may experience a data breach despite the protective put in place. Backing up your company's essential data to a remote location, though, can ensure that your business experiences minimal downtime. Get notifications for unauthorized devices attempting to connect and requests to add new devices to the whitelist, that can be sent to an IT administrator.

For Employees

Unfortunately, all it takes is a mistake from a single employee to put a company in jeopardy. This is especially true with infections like ransomware, which can cost nearly $100,000 on average for a business to recover from.

So, it's important to hold training for your employees on safe practices that can prevent or minimize the risk of cyberattacks. These include:

  • Never download files from an unverified source
  • Recognize the signs of suspicious emails and how to report them
  • Never share passwords or other sensitive information with anyone who isn't authorized to have that info

Additionally, you can take advantage of software that can be used to boost the security of your Internet browser and employees' desktop computers.

For Consumers 

For the average consumer, the best ways to protect yourself involve many of the above practices. Keeping your software updated, for example, is crucial.

But, it's important to note that hackers target consumers differently than they target businesses. This is especially true for elderly individuals or those who may not be fluent in English.

Consumers will likely experience far more fraudulent emails claiming to be from a financial institution, social media platform, etc. You can spot fake emails by looking out for:

  • Misspellings on common words
  • General or vague information about an urgent matter
  • A sender that uses an unofficial email account while claiming they are an official employee or representative

In general, these emails are easy to discern when you get them. To be safe, though, never click links provided in emails unless you trust the sender. Instead, you should type the URL in the address bar yourself to avoid being redirected to a fraudulent site or web form.

Properly Implementing Cybersecurity Best Practices Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn't have to be…

With the above information about these cybersecurity best practices for employees in mind, you'll be well on your way to ensuring that your company stays as safe as possible.

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