The rapid spread of COVID-19 Globally has tested the IT competency of many businesses as staff work remotely during isolation or as a precaution. Unfortunately, not all are fully prepared for this rapid shift to remote working with a good percentage already back in the office or due back in the coming weeks. The need to respond quickly to support normal business activity can leave businesses and their employees exposed to increased cyber risks.
For staff, here are our 5 top tips to keep cyber safe online:
1. Use strong passwords
Many companies and online services now ensure you’re required to include a minimum number of different characters and symbols as well as a certain length. However, this is the minimum and as a staff member, you should ensure you protect yourself further by not just adhering to the minimum criteria but always use complex, long phrases or words made up of the required special characters.
2. Don’t reuse passwords
Long and complex passwords are hard to remember. Especially if you adhere to this next tip and never reuse a single password. This is a big ask, especially when you may be required to remember account credentials for 50, 100 or more accounts and services to do your job. Re-using passwords is the easiest way to login to all these services but it’s also the easiest way of increasing your cyber risk. Fortunately, there are secure and easy-to-use tools which can help store passwords as well as generate new, unique passwords each time you create or must remember a new login. Companies such as LastPass, Dashlane and 1Password are all renowned for providing a secure service, as well as other providers.
3. Don’t use public Wi-Fi
It may be tempting to use Wi-Fi that is free to join, however, there is a large risk that they are already compromised and if not, they could just as easily be compromised. Make sure you use secure, password-protected Wi-Fi or hotspot to your personal or work phone.
4. Set up two-factor authentication
Two-factor, or better yet multi-factor, authentication should be enabled where available. This is an added layer of protection if an account is compromised. The extra step could be a text message or email however the most secure method is by using a biometric data, such as facial recognition or fingerprint scan to verify it’s you.
5. Be aware of phishing emails and sites
Cybercriminals will be using the outbreak of COVID-19 to ‘phish’ for new opportunities to steal information or gain access to company bank accounts or invoices. Always be sceptical before clicking on links or opening emails. Common signs of phishing sites include lack of HTTPS (padlock symbol next to the domain name), misspelt domain names, missing contact information, poor quality images and logo and poor spelling and grammar. Level up your knowledge and test your skills with this FREE cyber training session we have created. It will be available until Sunday 28 June 11:00 pm (GMT +1). You’re also welcome to share the training with your entire workforce and we can provide you with the results!
Riela Cyber comprises cyber security experts that can provide guidance, services and support to further protect your business from cyber-based risks. If your company could benefit from further specialist advice to protect your business please contact: