DIGITAL SECURITY

Are you doing these 5 things to help keep your data safe…?

The cost of cyber-crime is estimated to exceed a whopping £4 trillion* by 2021; double the amount reported for 2016. It is becoming more important than ever to take action in order protect our data and personal information from hackers, malware, viruses and crime.

*Source: CSO Online

Password

1. Power-up Your Password

Create unique, strong passwords – Use upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters in your passwords, but do not use personal information.

Change your passwords regularly, but only do so if you are changing to another strong password that you can remember!

Back Up

2. Always Have A Backup Plan!

Back up your files by copying your files over to a protected system or device that you can access.

If you're choosing a hard drive, look for one with full disk encryption, which helps protect your data from unauthorised access.

Hard drives with 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) are considered to be one of the top ciphers, meaning it is one of the most secure encryption methods.

AES Hard Drives
Phishing

3. Surf Safely & Look Out For Phish(ing)

When making payments online it is imperative that you use secure sites. On payment pages look out for URL addresses with "https" at the start – the 'S' indicates that it is secure, which means you are sending your payment details to a site that provides a secure, encrypted connection.

Be aware of phishing. Check that the email is from the source you believe it is from and refrain from clicking links from unknown senders.

Encrypt your wireless network and use a VPN, so that no one can "piggyback" onto your Wi-Fi network and access information, commit crime or send spam that could be traced back to your network.

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Pen Sword

4. The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

Protect yourself against Brute-force attacks by using encrypted pen drives. Furthermore, fingerprint readers on pen drives are still a relatively modern technology and are a great way of helping protect your data and files.

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Shred

5. And Don't Forget To Shred

Shred statements, letters and any documents that hold your personal information before disposing. It is almost impossible to completely prevent identity theft, but by taking certain precautions, like shredding, you can heavily reduce the risk of you being targeted.

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Terminology & FAQs

These types of attacks come from offenders who use trial and error in a bid to gain access to personal information such as passwords and PIN numbers. Automated software can produce large amounts of varying combinations in order to gain access to the desired data or information.

It is the fraudulent act of sending emails pretending to be from a reputable company in a bid for people to reveal personal information.

A patch is a piece of software that is designed to update your computer system. The updates will include improving security as well as the overall performance and usability of your device or computer, so it's wise to have these update automatically in case you forget to update.

There's a whole host of reasons. If you've got data, files, photos, or important information that you don't want to lose in the event of computer failure, loss of device, theft, fire or general accidents then it's important to keep a backup.

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a term used to describe a digital network, which adds privacy and security within another computer network, in order to keep your data safe from hackers and other online dangers.

It is a system that is designed to keep your network both safe and secure, by employing a set of rules to control incoming and outgoing network traffic. A firewall helps prevent unauthorised access from hackers and viruses that can try and access your computer or network over the internet.