Security mistakes to stop making

Passwords, Backups, Updates

Data security has been a hot topic in the last year. Over the course of 2017, we’ve seen some significant scandals involving lousy security such as MP’s handing out their passwords, Voter records being exposed, The NHS being shut down due to malicious software. These issues all have one thing in common; they were all avoidable through practising good Cyber Security.  Now as we are firmly into 2018, here is a list of security mistakes to say goodbye to as well.

Backups. We all know we should make them, and yet so many of us leave it too late. That is until you open your laptop one day to see all your data being held hostage, giving you two options: Pay an exorbitant fee to a scammer to have your data restored, Or, Wipe the hard drive and lose all your files. However, had you been creating backups regularly you could have wiped your PC with minimal loss. Preparedness is the best way to protect yourself from these threats.

May 12th brought about the most prominent cyber-attack to date, When WannaCry infected thousands of PCs and almost shut down the NHS. However, this was entirely preventable; Sources found that many of the infected PCs were running behind on security updates, against recommendations. To best protect yourself from malware threats you need to keep your pc updated and be careful how you open files. For example, malicious code is often hiding in .js files, always open these with a text editor first so you can scan the code yourself, as this prevents it executing.

Your website is only as secure as its weakest password, because of this many sites force users to have secure passwords with mixed case, special characters and numbers. As we step into 2018, step into 2-factor authentications for all your accounts. This prevents your data from being stolen by making it much harder for attackers to get into your accounts. If you need help with this you can talk to us as the website design Doncaster experts we can train & support your business when it comes to Cyber Security.

Finally, 2018 is the year of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. Something all companies will have to enforce.  GDPR is a regulation for businesses that require the protection of privacy and personal data for EU citizens for transactions that take place within EU states. This year you need to ensure that your business is meeting all the requirements of GDPR.


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