I’m letting you in on a secret

I’m letting you in on a secret

How safe is your business data, really?

Sure, you’ve got the latest security software. And you’re using a password manager and multi factor authentication.

But there’s one element of risk I bet you haven’t considered…

… your team.

You’ve heard the saying that your business is only as strong as its weakest link, right?

Fact is, in most businesses it’s the people who are most likely to let hackers in. Just by accidentally clicking a link in a bad email.

One of the biggest secrets to truly protecting your business is training your staff in cyber security. It’s actually good fun, good for bonding a team, and an incredibly good investment.

We’ve written a brand new guide to tell you all about cyber security training.

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There’s a new kid in town…

There’s a new kid in town…

You’ve heard of phishing I’m sure, where a criminal sends an email pretending to be someone else, to try and get info out of you.

But have you heard about the new kid in town?

Smishing.

Yep. It sounds… like nonsense really. But trust me when I say you want to avoid it.

It’s SMS phishing. So basically, a text message that’s a phishing scam.

It works in the same way as a phishing email. You get a message, click the link and BANG, you’ve given someone access to data that you needed to keep private.

And just like the emails, many of these texts are convincing. You need to have your wits about you and know how to spot the signs of a dodgy text.

First, does it look genuine? Are there spelling errors? Is the grammar poor? Has it come from a random number or is it a sender you recognize?

Often a scammer will make little mistakes that really give the game away. But not always.

Also beware of messages from your bank, or PayPal for example, that don’t address you by name. When was the last time you were addressed by your bank as ‘Customer’?

Is the message warning you of a risk to your account? Closure or perhaps suspicious activity?

They’re looking to panic you into clicking the link and entering your details so that they can access your real account.

If you’re unsure whether to take action, either call the company in question, or go to the usual log in page and check for yourself. Don’t click on any links in the text, and don’t call any numbers from the text. Use the real, secured website to stay safe.

Forward the text to 7726. This is how you report a spam text to Ofcom. You should receive an automated message in return with a link for further advice if you need it.

Finally, don’t respond to the text. It might seem funny to try and call the scammer out, but it just means that you’ll be targeted again and again because they can see that your number is active. Ignore and delete. And block the number for good measure.

One last point: don’t forget to tell your team! Just because you know what to look for, it doesn’t mean one of them won’t fall for a scam and put your business’s data at risk.

Any time you want to arrange data security awareness training for your team, we can help. Just call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected].

Your business is a prime target

Your business is a prime target

We don’t want to scare you, but do you know that your business is on the hit list for the fastest growing internet crime?

Ransomware is becoming increasingly more popular amongst cyber criminals. And is used to extort money from organisations by taking something they hold dear: their data.

All businesses are being targeted, all the time.

If you don’t protect your business from this type of attack, you could find yourself losing data, money, and ultimately customers.

But where do you start?

Don’t worry. We’ve put together a brand new comprehensive guide detailing ransomware and the steps you can take to keep your business as safe as possible.

It also contains the one piece of advice to ensure that you NEVER lose any precious data thanks to a ransomware attack.

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Especially working at home, you’re a target

Especially working at home, you’re a target

Small businesses are often a big target for cyber criminals because they lack the security measures of larger corporations.

In fact, hackers are targeting all businesses, all the time, using clever automated tools.

With this in mind, is it time you step up your business’s security measures?

I’m not suggesting you need to take things up to an MI5 level.

But weak or non-existent security should be very high on your agenda to improve. Here are some areas to look at:

  • In your workplace, use a firewall to keep your network secure
  • Make sure everyone uses a different password for every application. And ensure they are randomly generated
  • Use multi-factor authentication across the business (this is where you generate a code on your mobile to finish logging in)
  • Backup your data so that you don’t lose it should the worst happen
  • Even if you only have a couple of employees, make sure they’re trained in cyber security
  • Wash your hands. No, wait, that’s a different kind of virus…

You can see, there are a whole host of things you should be utilising to protect your business.

Would you like us to do a security audit, to identify what’s most urgent to be fixed in your business?

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected].

Get rid of your little black book

Get rid of your little black book

No, not that little black book ????

I mean the one you use to write down your passwords for each piece of software or application you use at work and at home.

You may have disguised the passwords to look like something else, but it probably wouldn’t take a detective to work out exactly what they’re for.

And this is a potentially huge compromise for your business.

But passwords – good passwords generated randomly – are far too difficult for normal humans to remember.

You need something to help.

That’s where a password manager can help you.

Want to know how they work and all the benefits? We’ve made a brand new video to show you.

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