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5 Tips to Improve Your Cybersecurity

Categories: Cyber Security, Data, data protection, databreach, Hacking, Identity theft, passwords, Phishing, Ransomware, Social Engineering

5 Tips to Improve Your Cybersecurity

It shouldn’t be overwhelming to start improving the cybersecurity of

your business operations.

Jack Nunziato Business Development @Proven Data writes:
Improving your organization’s cybersecurity should be a continuous effort from the core security
team and board members. There are some fundamental aspects of a security framework that
are exemplified in the techniques listed in this guide. They are proactive methods that are widely
accepted & can be enabled at most security level feature set of many modern networks. These
tips are provided from the core security analyst team at Proven Data!

➔ Turn on Two-Factor Authentication

Enabling the 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) setting for your online
accounts can make all the difference in adding another layer of extra
security. The 2FA setting requires the user to enter a password and an
extra security code sent to another device. This two-step process better
ensures there is nobody attempting to break into your account. Most of the
2FA codes can be sent to a mobile phone or tablet that the user can
ensure it’s security. Popular email hosting sites such as GMail and social
media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn have this feature available. The
user can also choose a physical security key (via USB) for the 2FA option
which enhances the security of the account even further!

➔ Use unique, different passwords

Make the commitment to use a complex and unique password for every
online account you create. Having the same password for multiple logins
can be dangerous in the case that a cyber criminal steals your password
from another website. If all of your passwords are different, it greatly
reduces the risk that your other information can be compromised. It’s
professionally recommended to choose password complexity of 14+
characters, uppercases, lowercases, numbers and symbols. A great
solution is to subscribe via a password manager which securely encrypts
and stores the passwords. With more complex passwords, this utility
becomes more valuable and versatile.

➔ Update Your Devices Regularly

Don’t ignore the update notifications when it’s time to update your
computer and connected devices! Firmware updates help patch security
vulnerabilities in found within old versions of the software. Make sure to
turn on the ‘Check For Recent Updates’ feature and always stay on top of
the most recent features and security patching. It only takes a few
moments to make these updates and it makes such a significant
difference to improving the security framework as a whole. You can
always find the most recent update of popular systems via the official
manufacturers website.

➔ Close RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) Ports

Your operating system has a RDP port which allows it to be controlled and
monitored by system administrators. If this protocol is enabled by
someone with malicious intent, they can access your files and create new
security settings to their desire, locking you out of your own account!
Modern ransomware and other malware are hugely successful in taking
advantage of these RDP ports for large scale organizations. These ports
can easily be closed out via a quick search in the security & network
settings, disabling this for all connected devices on a network.

➔ Stay Aware of the most recent Phishing campaigns

Some of the most complex and advanced malicious email campaigns
make their way to inboxes around the world. It’s important that you stay
aware of the most recent phishing campaigns so you can avoid becoming
a victim in these massive cyber threats. Consumers and businesses are
regularly targeted through fraudulent messages mimicking the latest
businesses and brands. These phishing messages can slip past the spam
email filter and land in your main inbox. It’s then up to you to make the
decisions regarding what’s in your email! Business email compromise
continues to be one of the largest cyber threats organizations of all sizes
are combating through better security awareness training

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