Cyber Security Techniques to Keep You Secure Online – #TechTipTuesday

Hello and welcome to the first edition of MFG’s #TechTipTuesday. We’ll be choosing one Tuesday every month to give you a fresh Tech Tip – so stay tuned for more IT and cyber security related tips!

This month’s #TechTip is brought to you by our Cyber Security Specialist, Ashlee (a very serious person), who has chosen to give you 10 quick Cyber Security tips and techniques to help keep you secure online.

Video transcript and further information

My name is Ashlee and I’m going to go through a few cyber security techniques to help keep you secure online.

Tip #1 – Never say you are not a target to hackers 

Everybody has personal or sensitive data that somebody else wants and you will always be a target. Don’t ever say “It won’t happen to me”.  We are all at risk and the stakes are high – to your personal and financial well-being, as well as potentially damaging your organisation’s reputation.  

Keeping company computing resources secure is everyone’s responsibility.  

Tip #2 – Keep software up to date 

Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices: 

  • Turn on Automatic Updates for your operating system or invest in patch management. 
  • Use web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox that receive frequent, automatic security updates. 
  • Make sure to keep browser plug-ins (Flash, Java, etc.) up to date. 

 … and that sort of stuff.

Tip #3 – Avoid Phishing scams

Phishing scams are a constant threat and can be carried out via text message, email (most commonly), phone call, social media or other means. Be suspicious of any official-looking email message or phone call that asks for personal or financial information. 

Tip #4 – Practice good password management 

We all have too many passwords to manage. A password management program can help you to maintain strong unique passwords for all of your accounts. 

These programs can generate strong passwords for you, enter credentials automatically, and remind you to update your passwords periodically.   

Tip #5 –  Be careful what you click 

Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources.  These sites often host malware that will automatically, and often silently, compromise your computer. 

If attachments or links in email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. 

Tip #6 – Never leave your device unattended 

If you need to leave your laptop, phone, or tablet for any length of time – lock it up so no one else can use it.  

If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or external hard drive, make sure to keep these locked as well.  

Tip #7 – Protect sensitive data 

Never keep sensitive information on your desktop, laptop, phone or other personal device that could become compromised. 

Remember to securely remove sensitive data files from your system when they are no longer needed and always use encryption when storing or transmitting sensitive data. 

If you’re unsure on how to store or handle sensitive data, contact MFG and ask!  

Tip #8 – Use mobile devices safely  

  • Lock your device with a PIN or password – and never leave it unprotected in public. 
  • Use Apple’s Find my iPhone or the Android Device Manager to help locate your phone in the event it’s lost or stolen. 
  • Only install apps from trusted sources. 
  • Keep your device’s operating system updated.

Tip #9 – Install and anti-virus software

Only install an anti-virus program from a known and trusted source.  Keep virus definitions, engines and software up to date to ensure your anti-virus program remains effective. 

Tip #10 – Back up your data 

Back up on a regular basis – if you are a victim of a security incident, the only guaranteed way to repair your computer is to erase and re-install the system. 

Thank you for watching our Tech Tip Tuesday. If you have any questions, just ask.