3 Simple Cybersecurity Tips for the Public Holidays

Updated: Jun 28

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

  1. 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

  1. Weak passwords that are not hard to guess or are common words can be easily cracked.

  2. Do not use people’s names, special dates or complete words as password.

  3. Do use a combination of the following to create a password that is at least 8 characters long:

  4. Acronyms (for example, instead of using “Iamfromsingapore”, use “Iafs”)

  5. Upper and lower case letters,

  6. Numbers,

  7. Punctuation/special characters, such as &^$#.

Look out for suspicious activity

  1. This includes receiving unusual notifications such as a change in security settings, when you didn’t make the change, or unauthorized financial activity.

  2. 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:

  3. Emails asking you to perform security or account updates by clicking on a link within the email.

  4. 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.

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