If somebody walked up to you and asked for your house keys, you wouldn’t give them away. But when somebody asks for our key identifying information on the Internet, most of the time we willingly hand it over. That’s what representatives from SeeGee Technologies Inc., a next-generation technology solution provider, told FPA staff at a recent cybersecurity training.
You may think that just because you have a small firm, cyber criminals don’t have any interest in you, but that’s not true. In fact, you are their portal into bigger pools of information. And your employees could unknowingly be putting you and your clients at risk each time they access sensitive information over unsecure connections.
“No individual or business is safe,” said Daniel Lakier, chief technology officer for SeeGee.
Always exercise common sense and responsibility when using the Internet and apps—don’t click on pop-ups, don’t click on links to track packages you aren’t expecting, and don’t provide personal information to hackers posing as your bank.
Here are some tips to keep your personal information and your firm’s information safe:
- Establish strong passwords and update them every 90 days.
- Don’t download email attachments you aren’t expecting and beware of emails telling you to download software to fix problems.
- Install anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on all devices before connecting to the Internet.
- Install and use a firewall on every device.
- Have physical access controls for all your devices.
- Backup all important data daily.
- Keep your software updates for browsers and operating systems current.
- Limit access to sensitive and confidential data and don’t ever access it on unsecure connections.
- Get technical expertise when needed.
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