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5 simple ways to improve your cyber security

When it comes to cyber security, it’s essential to keep your data safe and secure. With so much sensitive information required in care, ensuring your software provider of choice has robust security measures is crucial. However, there are things that you and your staff can do to boost your computers and mobile devices’ security on top of the software’s security measures.

Here are 5 simple steps you can do to boost your cyber security:

Lock Screens and Screen Savers

A simple and effective way to protect your devices is to put a screensaver and a password to lock your computer and mobile device. Make sure to shorten the time on the device for it to automatically lock when you are not using it. Also, make sure when choosing a password to make sure it is not easy to guess and to limit the number of attempts you have to guess the password before the device gets locked out.

Staff training

The majority of cyber threats are caused by human error, by making sure your employees are up to date with cyber security training can reduce the chances of them making an error. Training will help employees recognise phishing and scam emails and be aware of other threats. Find out more about phishing emails here.

Keep devices operating systems up to date

Developers are constantly updating their software to stay on top of cyber threats as well as provide the best performance. Staying updated with the latest version of their software or operating system is the best defence against viruses and other threats. If possible, set your devices to automatically update so you don’t have to remember to do it.

Don’t ignore physical security

With cyber security, it is easy to forget about the physical security that comes alongside it. Alongside locking up devices at night, or when they are not being used there are other areas where people can cause physical security leaks, such as writing down passwords, printing off sensitive documents and leaving them open or leaving them open on the screen. It is important that you don’t forget about these physical aspects.

Beware of unknown WiFi

Don’t connect to public WiFi as there are a lot of risks that come with it.  People can easily access your data or install malware when you are on public WiFi meaning that your data is no longer safe! The best thing you can do to overcome this is to use 4G or 5G or a VPN and make sure when visiting websites use “https” at the beginning of the web address.

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