3 Simple Cybersecurity Tips for the Public Holidays

During the Public Holidays, businesses are particularly vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the Public Holidays with a peace of mind.

Change the passwords to your PC, email and financial accounts

  • In the off chance that your accounts have been compromised, it reduces the risk that hackers have long-term access to your accounts, preventing them from stealing information over time.

Use strong passwords for your accounts

  • Weak passwords that are not hard to guess or are common words can be easily cracked.
  • Do not use people’s names, special dates or complete words as password.
  • Do use a combination of the following to create a password that is at least 8 characters long:
    1. Acronyms (for example, instead of using “Iamfromsingapore”, use “Iafs”)
    2. Upper and lower case letters,
    3. Numbers,
    4. Punctuation/special characters, such as &^$#. 

Look out for suspicious activity

  • This includes receiving unusual notifications such as a change in security settings, when you didn’t make the change, or unauthorized financial activity.
  • If in doubt over the legitimacy of the email, call the sender up to verify if possible or escalate the issue to your IT department/ manager. Examples of suspicious emails include, but are not limited to:
    1. Emails asking you to perform security or account updates by clicking on a link within the email
    2. Emails from trusted colleagues/friends asking you to take actions that do not follow standard operating procedures, especially in relation to financial matters

Through these steps, the first line-of-defence provided by you, the end-user, will be enhanced. Also, it provides an added security layer by deterring future Cyber-Attackers.

It is better to be safe than sorry.  For a more secure work environment and advice on IT security, contact eVantage Technology for further discussion. We are happy to talk to you.