Safer Internet Day: how to protect your data
In light of the on-going pandemic and the amount of us now working remotely and using online systems to communicate and complete tasks, it has never been more important to mark Safer Internet Day and make sure our network security is up to scratch at every level (at the very least). With the continuation of the fitting theme: “Together for a better internet” we take a look at some of the ways you can keep yourself and others safe online and protect that all-important data.
Create Complex PasswordsAlthough this one may seem obvious, studies show that 23.2 million accounts were hacked because they were using the classic, easy-to-crack password “123456789”. We hope you’re not the owner of one of those accounts! Creating strong, unique passwords for all your critical accounts is the best way to keep your personal and financial information safe.
When it comes to your business you should also go a step further with Two-Factor Authentication or Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) when logging into accounts. Where available, we recommend that you always utilise 2FA or MFA for an additional layer of security.
Share Information CautiouslyThese days people share everything under the sun on their social media accounts without a second thought. With a big push on Instagram and Facebook stories lately and the introduction of Reels, you probably know what your friends are up to and even the meals they had for dinner without even having to ask. However, it is important to be mindful as the information you share could leave you or your loved ones open to hackers or impersonators.
There are always people on the lookout for clues to passwords and this also applies for company social media accounts. As important as it is to show your company’s culture and team photos, be diligent to not share any sensitive information in and around your workspaces.