The year 2017 has been a great eye-opener for online security.
Who would forget how cyber terrorists have changed the way people look at cyber security and for once took it with gravity? Yes, we are talking about how the Hack-for-Ransom Malware also known as ‘WannaCry’ took over and jeopardised the online security of so many companies big and small.
It may have brought bad things that will never be the same again but it has definitely brought good. People now, especially businesses, are becoming more and more conscious of the threats and massive destruction a single negligence can bring.
Although awareness campaigns have started, it is easy to forget that with the increase of our knowledge more hackers are finding smarter ways to initiate cyber havoc.
Here are some tips you can do to keep your 2018 Cyber Year a malware-worry-free year:
1. You gotta have your own back!
Commit your business to the cornerstone rule of IT Security: Regular Backups. It is annoying when a malware attack gets your computer but it's nastier if you cannot bring back the files that were lost. So this year, take that extra step in making a worry-free cyber experience by regularly backing up your files.
Your peace of mind is as easy as the 3-2-1 rule:
3 - Create 3 copies of your Data
2 - Store the backups on 2 different Media
1 - Keep at least 1 copy offsite
Remember: 3 Copies, 2 Media, 1 Offsite-- Easy and Secure.
2. Invest on Prevention rather than Spend on Cure.
Most computers have built-in Windows Defender that protect your computer against some digital threats. It does half the decent job but it’s not much of a comprehensive solution. Here at TeckDM, we do not require a specific brand but we require that the anti-malware software that you use has proven solutions. We always consider Anti-Malware Protection an investment. Here’s a checklist of things to consider in choosing the right Anti-Malware:
- Provides reliable anti-malware and anti-spyware protection
- Enables you to detect unknown malware and lets you rollback harmful activity if your PC has been infected
- Defends against new and emerging viruses, spyware and more
- Ensures high PC performance without slowing down your system
- Simplifies security – via easy, online control
3. Block ‘em Ads.
Ads can be seriously displeasing and they impose threats! We are talking about Auto Ads that pop up when you open a website. While most of the time, these ads are safe and just annoyingly slows down your browsing experience, there are some potentially unwanted programs, invasive cookies that track your browsing and worst, malvertisements that hackers use to infiltrate your computer. Still unconvinced? Here are more reason why setting up Ad Blockers should be one of your 2018 cyber resolutions.
- Protects your privacy
- Facilitates faster loading of pages
- Gives a safer browsing experience
4. Vaults are for important stuff.
Juggling passwords could be a struggle, especially with information that are essential not only to your personal affairs but to those that affect your business. If you are not aware, there are websites that offer password protection services that could be easily on installed on your browser. You use one password for all so you don’t have to remember everything. This gives you the option to type in your password or just click on the vault icon to auto-populate your password. Although this feature is mostly offered by Anti-Malware Protection subscriptions, you must remember that in Tip#2 we mentioned backing up.
5. NEVER connect to public WIFI for important online transactions.
The convenience of going online at the airport, at your favourite local restaurant or coffee shop is undeniable. However, there are some restrictions you must observe when connecting to this access. Public wifi is not to be used for important online transactions. Remember that if this is convenient for you then it is a more convenient opportunity for cyber terrorists to get into your system and intercept important data that you send and receive.This is called the ‘Man in the Middle Attacks’ wherein hackers position themselves between your computer and a website to easily get their hands on your passwords, emails, banking information and much more.
Below are the 5 Tips on How to Keep Your 2018 Cyber Year Malware FREE!:
Always Have Backups
Invest in Anti Malware Protection
Install Ad Blockers
Use Online Password Vaults
Avoid Public Wifi for Important Online Transactions
Let’s all have a wiser and safer cyber year this 2018. For more information, you may talk to one of our online safety specialists by sending us an email at email@example.com