Crumbacher’s Cybersecurity Tips for the Workplace

Crumbacher’s Cybersecurity Tips for the Workplace

Every business needs a cybersecurity policy. Here are some of the best ways to secure computers in the workplace. If in doubt, give Crumbacher a call today:

 

  1. A safe computer is a LOCKED computer. Never leave your desktop or laptop without locking it first. An unlocked computer is akin to an unlocked phone or house. You can also lock it in less than one second by pressing the Windows key and then the “L” key.  windows + L button
  2. Never say never. Don’t assume that a security breach or outright targeted hack won’t happen to you. You are just as likely to get compromised as any other person or business. Stay vigilante and aware of what you open and where you browse.
  3. Browse the internet with heaps of caution. Make sure the address of the page you are on is correct and spelled correctly. Some sites count on you to misspell the address and will present you with a fake page that looks similar to the one you meant to go to. Do not click on any ads or pop up messages, as these will most likely compromise your system or install malicious software that can steal data or worse. And always, don’t click on any unexpected or suspicious links.
  4. Don’t plug any devices into your computer unless you know what they are and where they came from. Find a USB on the ground and want to see what’s on it? Bad idea. It could automatically run a program to steal data or lock you out of your computer.
  5. Bad actors don’t only work via your computer. Don’t give out personal information to anyone that contacts you via phone call or email. If it seems suspicious, contact the company yourself and verify your account before giving out any information.
  6. Use your own devices and WiFi for banking and shopping. Accessing your sensitive accounts on a computer that is not yours or over public WiFi is a prime opportunity for your data to be stolen. Also, keep track of your accounts and look for and report any suspicious activity or
  7. Passwords should be complex and private. Don’t share your password with anyone. Simply making a password 8 characters is not enough anymore. Make your password a phrase and substitute letters with symbols and numbers instead. Example: Myp@$$w0rd!s$3cuR3!. = My password is secure.
  8. Backup your data! Keep a copy of your work on an external hard drive or back it up to the cloud. One random power spike can corrupt your hard drive and without a backup your hard work can be lost forever. Talk to our staff if you need assistance getting you backed up.
  9. Share less information. Social media is great but too often people post too much info about themselves. Where you work or go to school, when you are on vacation or away from your house – this is all info that potential bad actors can use to try and get access to your sensitive data.
  10. When in doubt, call Crumbacher. If you have any questions about any of the tips above or you find yourself in a situation that you are not sure is safe, please call us and we can quickly answer your questions and put you at ease.
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