After a tough year navigating through all the challenges that 2020 has brought, it is safe to say we all deserve a well-earned rest this festive season! As businesses wind down for the holiday season and switch over to online shopping for work gifts and virtual services, it is easy to let security slip. Here are some tips for you and your team to stay safe online.

Work Accounts

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) – The holidays are an ideal time for cybercriminals to attempt to hack accounts. 2FA adds an additional layer of defence by requiring another step after login details are entered. This is often a prompt via txt or a code generated through a security application. This makes it harder to breach an account, even if the login details been exposed.

Passwords – Make sure your team are using secure passwords made up of both upper and lower case characters, symbols and numbers.  Each account should have its own unique password so if it is involved in a breach, then hackers don’t have access to multiple accounts.

?Top tip – Invest in a good password manager for your business such as Passportal or OnePass. These can generate very strong passwords and store them safely.

Shopping Online

URLs – Only make payments on websites with URLs that start with HTTPs. This shows that the website is secure.

Work Credentials – Remind staff not to use their work devices or login details for personal shopping in case they are involved in a scam or data breach.

Christmas Advertisements

Phishing (Email) and Smishing (Txt) – Be vigilant when receiving advertisements for services or products. Phishing and smishing attempts can vary in sophistication. Before clicking any links, check to see if it has any changed or additional characters. If the link is embedded, hover over the text and the link will pop up. If in doubt, do not click on the link and visit the website via a browser search. Visit our blog here to learn more about the tell-tale signs of these attempts. 

?Top Tip – Microsoft Defender for Office is a cost-effective solution that stops phishing emails reaching inboxes. Get in touch with our IT Specialists to learn more!

Social Media – Fake social media ads and cloned accounts are another method used by scammers over the busy retail periods. If you are suspicious of an ad or want to be sure it is a legitimate offer, visit the website independently rather than clicking any links.

Cyber security does not have to be complicated or scary. If you have any concerns or questions about how to keep your business and workforce safe, book a time to chat with out friendly team or drop us a message below. We are here to make IT simple!