For both businesses and individuals, the chance of being impacted by a cybersecurity breach is ever-present, as we at Suretel are well aware. Often, you can come away unscathed from such a breach. At other times you may not be so lucky.
What You Need to Know about Cybersecurity
There is always the chance that you can fly under the radar and never have your network targeted at all. However, you shouldn’t leave the matter to fate. What follows in this blog is a brief guide to security breaches, their impact, and how to protect yourself against them.
What is a Network Security Breach?
Think of it as a kind of “virtual breaking and entering.” An un-authorised person or organisation somehow manages to gain access to your network and data storage. It can happen on a small or large scale, to a personal computer or a sophisticated company network. This could lead to a data breach, where the intruder succeeds in getting away with vital, private data. This could have a disastrous effect on your business, personal life and/or finances.
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How do Security Breaches Happen?
Cybercriminals can gain access in a variety of ways, including viruses and spyware, or some other malware variant. It could start with something seemingly innocuous. Perhaps you receive a mail with a malware attachment or download software from the internet that is infected with a virus. It could also happen through impersonation or phishing: someone receives a mail that seems to have been sent by a colleague or member of management, requesting all manner of sensitive information. If the recipient is unwary enough, he or she could answer with the requested info and that could lead to all sorts of trouble.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
There are several proactive steps you can take to improve your security and guard against breaches.
1. Password Management:
Set up strong passwords for all your various platforms and even change them on occasion so that they don’t become too easy to detect. Don’t use the same password across various accounts.
2. Web Security:
Try and stick to safe websites – look for ‘https’ in the URL, as this indicates a secure, encrypted connection.
Keep up with the latest versions of operating systems, as they often contain updates to anti-malware and other security measures.
4. Be Alert:
Watch all activity on your various accounts and catch any suspicious activity early, before it becomes a problem. Check your credit history regularly too, to ensure that nobody has used your identity to open accounts.
Invest in Good Antivirus & Security Software or Consult Cybersecurity Experts for a Tailored Solution
Suretel can help you set up anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-ransomware and firewall protection. Contact us today to discuss your network security needs.