Many of us are switching from the office to homeworking. This might be safer for us as individuals but have you given thought to your internet safety? How secure is your internet connection? What can you do to make your internet secure?

 

Cyber Attacks

According to Varonis, there are on average 2,244 hacks a day, that’s one every 39 seconds. In an office environment you might be more wary of suspicious activity and contact your IT department. However, if you are at home, you might not do this and are therefore more susceptible.

With North London IT Support, we offer a number of support packages for your company so that we can deal with queries from your remote working staff.

As our customer, we share advice like how to be on your guard against a cyber attack and we always take steps to check and update your systems to mitigate “disasters” including backups, installing firewalls and ensuring good Anti Virus systems and mail filtering systems are in place.

 

Passwords

One simple thing you can do is change your passwords. Passwords should be changed periodically where practical, especially those used a lot, such as logging onto your computer system or email passwords (roughly every 3 months). Follow our tips on how to choose a password and how to store them. If your account is compromised, change all your passwords if possible and try to see what has been accessed.

 

Telephone Scams

If you are at home, you are more likely to be on the receiving end of telephone scams. You may receive “Tech Support” calls where the callers will try all sorts of stories and techniques to gain access to your computer so that they can steal your details.

If you have been a victim of one of these phone scammers then you can follow some of these tips:

Always be highly suspicious of unsolicited calls
Never give unauthorised strangers access to your computer
If you have given access and then you realise it is a scam revoke remote access – restart your computer if you are struggling to end the remote access programme
Scan your computer for malware
Change all passwords to email, banking etc
Report it, Which have a good guide on how to report these phone scams

Familiarise yourself too with other scams of the vishing, phishing and smishing scams.

Website Security

Some simple ways to keep your website secure include:

Installing a SSL certificate to make your website HTTPS
iThemes Security– Away Mode which limits exposure to hackers
Wordfence Security plugin which protects your website against attacks and malware uploads

 

Originally Post @ NorthLondon IT SUPPORT

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