05 Aug Listen up – you need more than just antivirus these days
It used to be easy – oh so easy to keep your computers safe – you installed antivirus, trained the team on how to use it and kept everything up to date – arh the good old days – you could also buy a bag of chips for 25p and get several rounds of drinks for £10.
The tendrils of chaos are now able to elude antivirus by not having signatures, which is what antivirus is looking for! Not that type of signature – the type of signature that can sign in to your network undetected – it’s happened a lot – like to 82% of SME’s hit by a cyber threat that wasn’t caught by their antivirus – oops!
Just chill a minute – that’s really scary but – grab a geek and talk to them about Managed Endpoint Detection and Response, they can demo how you can evolve your security to spot and stamp on today’s sophisticated threats.
You never know they may even know somewhere you can still buy a bag of chips for 25p – maybe not a bag, maybe a really small bag, or a cone or one of those tiny, paper cups you sometimes get sauce in – we are babbling now – you get the picture – seek the geek!
So, you’ve armed yourself with a robust antivirus software to protect your virtual fortress. But what more can you do to fortify your online security? Let’s dig into some extra steps you can take to support your antivirus software and level up your defense!
Keep Your Software Up to Date
Software updates may seem pesky, but they play a crucial role in your online security. Those timely updates often include essential security patches that shield you from potential vulnerabilities. So, embrace those notifications and let your software shine with the latest armor against cyber threats.
Strengthen Your Passwords
Time to don your password superhero cape! Strong passwords act as a first line of defense. Avoid obvious choices like “password123” or your pet’s name (sorry, Fluffy!). Instead, create unique combinations of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. And remember, never reuse passwords across multiple accounts. Unleash your inner creativity to keep those cyber attackers guessing!
Power Up with Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Take your online security a step further with two-factor authentication. It’s like having a bouncer guarding the entrance to your digital kingdom. By enabling 2FA, you add an extra layer of protection to your logins, typically requiring a code sent to your phone or email. It may seem like a minor inconvenience, but trust me, it’s worth it. Those cyber villains won’t know what hit ’em!
Be a Savvy Web Explorer
As you explore the boundless web, tread carefully, my friend. Avoid the dark corners and sketchy websites. Think twice before clicking on unknown links and exercise caution with email attachments. It’s like navigating a thrilling maze, and with a vigilant eye, you’ll stay safe and sound.
Unleash Your Inner Skeptic
Don’t underestimate the power of common sense. Stay skeptical of offers that sound too good to be true (yes, that lottery win email is a scam). Be mindful of sharing personal information online and consider the impact of your social media posts. And always be on guard for phishing attempts – those crafty emails impersonating trusted institutions. Sharpen your spotting skills and stay one step ahead of the fraudsters.
By following these extra steps, you’ll fortify your online security like a trusted sidekick supports a superhero. Embrace software updates, strengthen your passwords, unleash the power of 2FA, be a cautious web explorer, and trust your gut instincts. Together, we’ll keep those cyber attackers at bay and enjoy a safer, more secure online experience. Stay safe out there, internet warriors!
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