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:
- Acronyms (for example, instead of using “Iamfromsingapore”, use “Iafs”)
- Upper and lower case letters,
- 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:
- Emails asking you to perform security or account updates by clicking on a link within the email.
- Emails from trusted colleagues/friends asking you to take actions that do not follow standard operating procedures, especially in relation to financial matters.