Its international cyber security month! You may not be as excited as we are for this, but you should be at the very least adopting these 6 cyber security tips.
In this modern world, everyone is at risk of a cyber attack and we need to be doing everything we can to prevent this.
1. Anyone can get hacked
It really doesn’t matter who you are – you’re still a target for a cyber attack. If you have any data stored online, then you’re an attractive target. The worst thing you can do is think “it won’t happen to me”, it’s this lack of awareness and care that leads to most security breaches.
2. Change your password – and make it a good one
Make sure you’re using a strong password. It’s so important to ensure that these aren’t easily cracked, as this is an easy gateway into your personal data.
At KCS, we use the battery-horse-staple method of generating passwords. We take a number of random words, separated by a character and ending in a number. These passwords are much more secure than a simple one-word password, and are memorable too.
Take a look at https://howsecureismypassword.net/, pop in a password and it will tell you how secure it is, and how long it would take a computer to crack. Try your password, you might be surprised how quickly your account could be compromised.
3. Backup your data
You should make sure you have a separate copy of all your important data – just incase. In an ideal world, you’ll have this data stored on an off-site backup, too. With the rise in ransomware, it’s becoming more and more important to backup your machine – once your computer is compromised, it’s extremely difficult to rectify and it’s always best to restore from a clean backup.