We recently joined a webinar by our friends at Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), who have launched a cyber security toolkit for small businesses.
As online security practices are constantly evolving, we would like to pass on some recent information and free tools from the GCA that may help protect you and your team against such attacks.
This is the first line of defence to your online data, but it is not always taken seriously. All online accounts, sales channels, email, personal/client records are valuable business assets to both you and potential criminals.
The good news is that this is simple to implement best password practice, and increase the likelihood of cyber criminals simply getting fed up and moving on.
Using strong passwords
A combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and symbols. It shouldn’t be easy to guess; for example, your password should not feature any family members’ names.
Keep passwords unique to each account you use
That way, if your account is compromised, the damage is limited to just one platform. Do not be tempted to use the same passwords for personal and business accounts.
Password managers like LastPass make this much more practical – you can get this for free so we’d encourage you to check it out.
Use two-factor authentication where possible
This is where you have to provide a second piece of evidence, after submitting your password, that you have rightful access to the account in question. This may be location verification, or submitting a verification code sent to your phone or email. Most day-to-day online platforms have this option in place now, and it’s strongly encouraged that you use it – especially for your ecommerce website.
Check if your accounts have been compromised
Check to see if your email address has been compromised in a data breach in the past. Simply click the link below and enter your email address.
This will list all accounts associated with the provided email address, and if there has been a reported data breach for any of them.
Change your password for compromised accounts
If the above site shows that one or more of your accounts has been compromised, please be sure to update your password, and to ensure any accounts using the same password are changed to their own unique password also.
Protect your business against malware
Each week, an estimated 1% of all live websites are said to be infected with malware – that’s around 18,500,000 web pages.
What is malware?
What is malware and do you need to be concerned?
Malicious websites often look legitimate, and it is difficult to tell which websites are safe to browse or not. Using something like Quad9 below informs you if the website is malicious before entering it.
This is a sad reality we all face, but there are simple free steps we can all implement to help keep us protected as we surf the web. Quad9 is another simple yet powerful free tool to help protect you from potentially harmful content.
Quad9, unlike virus protection, filters and blocks content before you even see it.
The creators have teamed up with the likes of IBM, and the Global Cyber Alliance to give you confidence as you browse.
This is also simple and quick to use, we recommend clicking the below link, and watching relevant video to get you setup.
AdBlock blocks third-party trackers and helps against potential malware that can infect your system.
Using AdBlock is a simple but effective plugin for your browser which can help reduce the risk of potentially harmful content and is also completely free.
Please visit the link below and download the version for the browser you are using here:
Keep all your devices up to date
This is the most simple tip on the list. Keep all of your devices up to date.
Computers, laptops, routers, CCTV, mobile phones. Any device you have that has an internet connection can pose as a potential security risk.
Most devices do have auto update enable as standard. But they do require us to apply such updates.
Please try and not ignore these, as they more than often contain security patches to block known security flaws that could compromise your data.
For more information and resources, check out the GCA toolkit website directly: https://gcatoolkit.org/smallbusiness/