10 simple cyber security tips to know now to protect your business and staff
Cyber security attacks are a real threat for Queensland businesses and breaches could mean your reputation, confidence, data and secure information and budget are on the line.
Cyber attacks cost Australian businesses close to $30 billion annually but taking some simple, free and proactive steps now can help you secure your business.
Here’s some tips for you and to stay alert and safe online.
1. Think before you click
Instinctively clicking a link in before looking closer can instigate a cyber-attack. Watch out for common indicators of a phishing attempt, like a suspicious sender’s addresses, generic greetings and signature, spoofed hyperlinks and website, poor spelling and layout and suspicious attachments.
We know passwords are hard to remember but by using your birthday, address or even common phrases, you’re opening yourself and your business to a data breach. Lengthy and complex passwords with upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters is the ideal strong password.
Learn how to build a strong password and protect it.
3. Use multi-factor authentication
Passwords are a good first layer of protection, but attackers can guess or intercept passwords. By using multi-factor authentication (MFA) – this includes using multiple pieces of information to verify your identity, you can make it harder for attacks to access your account.
4. Don’t catch the bait to a phishing scam
Phishing is a way criminals try steal sensitive information, such as credit card details, online banking and business passwords. It’s easy to get fooled as phishing emails are designed to appear like they come from a real bank, e-commerce site or even government agency.
Watch the video and avoid falling victim to a phishing scam.
Watch out for common indicators of an email phishing attempt
Suspicious sender’s address
Generic greetings and signature
Spoofed hyperlinks and websites
Poor spelling and layout
5. Watch out for social engineering
Attacks are rapidly becoming increasingly deceptive, with social engineering attacks using social skills to obtain information about a business. Attacks often seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee.
Learn more about how to identify a social engineering attack.
6. Keep up with your updates
Software companies often update their software to fix security bugs, so it’s essential to always update your software to protect your business from security vulnerabilities that attacks could target.
Dive deeper into to best automate and install software updates.
7. Protect your privacy
Discover our tips to protect your privacy.
Steps to making sure your privacy is protected
Ensure there’s evidence your information is being encrypted
Ask yourself, is this a credible company? Do I trust this company with my personal data?
Don’t use your primary email address in online submissions
Avoid submitting your credit card information online
Devote one credit card for online purchases
Take advantage of options to limit private information
8. Delete sensitive data, for good
Did you know often when you delete a file, it may be transferred to a ‘holding area’ like your trash or recycle bin? While this can be handy, if it’s sensitive information- an attacker may still be able to retrieve it.
Discover how to delete sensitive data.
9. Update your browser settings
Your web browser is your primary connection to the internet, and multiple applications may rely on your browser to function. This means security settings, like plug-ins, cookies and pop-ups, are extremely important in order to protect your business against cyber-attacks.
Learn how to safely update your browser settings.
10. Stay educated and alert
The digital landscape and cyber security threats are constantly changing. It’s crucial to stay educated and alert to protect your business against cyber attacks.
Dive into the free resources on Cyber Health to stay educated and protect your business.