How to protect yourself against cyber attacks during an age in which we all have to be educated and vigilant at home and at work.
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In this video I describe some ways in which you can protect yourself and your assets against cyber attacks.
It’s not an exaggeration to state that we are in the midst of an epidemic of cyber crime.
Even if you take the reported cases at face value it’s bad enough but there are reasons to suspect that the actual situation is much worse because so much is not reported.
The police are under resourced, investigations are complex, and consequently the criminals feel empowered to continue and to step up their attacks.
So the onus is on us as individuals and business to strengthen our defences and to mitigate the risks by taking the essential precautions.
Some of these tips may seem obvious and yet it’s amazing how many people fail to act on this type of advice.
1: Use strong and unique passwords.
Yes, I know, logging in (and clicking away the cookie notice) is a pain but it can be semi automated with a good password manager.
I’ve used Roboform for years (see link below) and it includes a tool that will generate cryptic passwords containing a mix of numbers, symbols, and letters in upper and lower case.
These are stored in an encrypted file which is synchronised across all my devices; PC, laptops, mobile phones.
You should use long, unique, and cryptic passwords of 12 characters or more for everything that requires you to log in – not just your pension account or favourite shopping site, but also the broadband router on your home network – everything.
If the log-in process includes the option to send a passcode to your mobile phone then enable it and use it.
2: Be aware of data breaches and react to them.
Even with a strong password your details may be compromised if a company fails to protect their network and thieves hack in and steal data.
If you see any such reports in the press check to see if you have an account with the company and if you do, change your passwords immediately.
This won’t stop you details being sold on the Dark Web but it will prevent anyone from using your now compromised password.
Meanwhile, remain vigilant for any calls, mails, or other signs that your identity is being used by a criminal.
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