3 basic cyber security threats to be aware of that people still get wrong

This is an ongoing issue in the world of cyber security. Although technology is becoming increasingly resistant to the threat of hackers, it is the actions of human beings that keep letting the side down. Whether it is through employees getting complacent or simply not knowing about potential threats, here is our guide of things to be aware of…

  1. SCS_BPI_CYBER3-300x300Phishing

This is one mistake we see most often. These kinds of attacks happen when a link is clicked that activates a malicious virus. These can come in the form of an attachment in an email, or even through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Hackers have become particularly skilled in making emails look like they are from senders you trust, including family, colleagues and even brands.

Make sure your employees are sceptical about inbound materials, and that they only open attachments from senders they are sure are trustworthy. If anything is even slightly out of the ordinary, be sure to report it.

  1. Passwords

Using an obvious password such as ‘password1’ is easy to crack. You do not have to be a highly skilled hacker to get into that account. Another big mistake that people make is using the same password for lots of different websites. If a hacker gets into one site, they will have access to all of them. It is understandable why people use the same password multiple times, with almost everything we do now requiring a password.

Try using a password manager to help you to remember lots of different, complex passwords. There are loads available. We recommend creating passwords that take the first letters from a phrase or sentence you will be able to remember, and add a couple of numbers. You should also never share your passwords with anyone unless they are absolutely trusted.

  1. Your mobile phone

Everyone has a mobile phone or a tablet. It is becoming an increasingly common thing for people to handle corporate emails and data on their transportable devices, despite many of them not having rigorous encryptions to protect them from hackers. Some do not even have a passcode on their phone. When you are connecting to unknown Wi-Fi networks, you could be opening the doors to numerous security threats.

Try and keep work and social separate. If you need to use your phone and tablet for work, get them encrypted. Most Wi-Fi networks are secure, but it is still worth checking, and definitely have a passcode because if you lose your phone, it could cause serious issues.