Cyber Security Tip: How to take the pain out of remembering passwords

Cyber Security Tip: How to take the pain out of remembering passwords

Remembering dozens of complicated passwords is a GIANT pain, which is why people have bad password “habits” – reusing passwords or creating simple, easy-to-remember passwords (like “letmein123”).

What we recommend is a professional-grade password manager like LastPass or Password Boss. These applications allow you to create complicated passwords and log in to websites securely.

Just remember that your password to THIS site needs to be a very long, complicated password!

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Cyber Security Tip: Don’t just close your browser!

Cyber Security Tip: Don’t just close your browser!

When accessing a banking site online or any other application containing sensitive data, make sure you log out of the site and THEN close your browser. If you simply close your browser, some of the session information that a hacker can use to gain entry is still running in the background.

It’s super simple to keep this from happening with just one click: log out.

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Cyber Security Tip: Make THIS account more secure than everything else

Cyber Security Tip: Make THIS account more secure than everything else

Using complicated passwords for everything IS annoying. However, the one account you want to make sure has a VERY complicated, long, hard-to-type password is your e-mail account.

Why is your e-mail account so important? First, this is a direct gateway to all your employees, clients, friends and associates. Now a hacker can use your e-mail to steal from all of them.

Second, your e-mail is used to reset passwords on everything. Bank accounts, financial software, CRMs, etc.

Hackers even rummage through all your contacts, appointments and notes you store in your Outlook. Think about all the information they’d get access to!

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Cyber Security Tip: Set up bank alerts – NOW!

Cyber Security Tip: Set up bank alerts – NOW!

Here’s a tip that just might save your bacon: set up withdrawal alerts on your bank accounts. Many banks will send you an e-mail alert whenever money is withdrawn from your account via check, debit card or transfer. Setting up those alerts will allow you to spot and report fraudulent activity BEFORE the money has already been siphoned into a cybercriminal’s hands.

Second, require dual-factor authentication to access your bank account. Most banks will have this as a security setting for your account. That simply means when you try to log in, you will be asked to enter a four- or five-digit code sent to your mobile phone or personal e-mail. This will prevent a hacker from getting in EVEN IF they crack your password.

Remember: cybercrime is at an all-time high, and hackers are setting their sights on small and medium businesses that are “low-hanging fruit.” Don’t be their next victim!

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Cyber Security Tip: Don’t do THIS on your work laptop or PC

Cyber Security Tip: Don’t do THIS on your work laptop or PC

The ONLY thing you should use your company’s workstation or PC for is…WORK! Never mix personal web surfing and social media with company devices. If you want to check your Hotmail account or Facebook page, do it during your lunch break and on YOUR personal device.

Over 100,000 Facebook accounts are hacked every day. If you’re using a company device to access a compromised account, you’re opening up a door to a hacker who can then get into your company’s network via your e-mail or PC. Bottom line: don’t use company PCs, devices, phones or Internet for PERSONAL use.

One final note: make sure you set up multifactor authentication on your personal accounts. This will help reduce the chance of an attacker breaking into your social media account or your personal e-mail and using it to phish other people in your organization.

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