Keeping Your Company Secure
In an age where technology is constantly evolving and growing, the threat of being attacked by those working the “dark web” is bigger than ever. Not only do people need to be mindful of the new smart fridge they recently bought or what all is connected to the internet in their home or business, but they also need to take preventive measures so when an attack happens (because it will), you’ll be able to handle it with the least pain and expense possible. A few basic strategies to keep in mind to stay safe and secure whether in your personal or professional home:
Passwords – With how advanced the world of technology has become, you may feel the pressure to use a haiku or something just as complicated for your passwords. With different tools, someone is able to go through millions of password combinations within a matter of minutes. If you’re not one to create (and also remember) super complicated passwords, a good practice to at least start with is to use different passwords for your various accounts. NEVER use the same password for both your personal and business accounts. If someone gains your personal password information, the last thing you want is for them to find where you work (be honest, you may have it on LinkedIn, Facebook, or many other locations located on the web) & then hack into your company data. It is also good practice to not use anything personal in your passwords, even though they may be some of the easier things for you to remember.
Back up your data – A lot of you may have an IT company already in place backing your data up for you. If you do but you’re not sure how, ask them! At a minimum, the 3-2-1 method has proven to be best practice for how to protect your data:
Onsite backup daily
Onsite backup with higher frequency than daily
With this method, when you’re dealing with a ransomware attack you not only have multiple versions of your data to restore but you also have data saved off-site so if they manage to block everything on-site, you’re not completely doomed to paying the ransom in hopes they give you access back to your data.
Finally, if you get a suspicious email, do not click or open anything within it! – Instead, forward immediately to your IT provider and remove from your inbox.
If you’d like an assessment of how secure your company data is, or have any questions, we are happy to help! Feel free to reach out to us anytime by emailing email@example.com or calling 248-550-0820.