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Top 5 Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Your Company’s Sensitive Data from Leaks

Due to the pandemic, most people working from home have honed their abilities and picked up new life skills. While many have binge watched series in pajamas, some took to yoga. Then there were a handful of people that lost an incredulous amount of money because their company’s data was stolen by hackers. Over the past year, online scams have skyrocketed. When wandering into the wilderness, you take precautions to make sure your belongings, and your life, are safe. Why not take precautions to protect yourself and your valuables on the Internet?

One easily forgets that people can watch them while they are on a video call. Any and all actions you do can be recorded by people and posted online. This can embarrass you or cost you a fortune in taking the leaked video down. The simple solution to not letting that happen is to be cautious about your workplace, your colleagues’ correspondence, and the security of the software provided to you by your company. These principles apply to protecting your sensitive documents from being leaked.

Here are the Top 5 Cybersecurity Tips For the Remote Workforce Era

1. Keep Software Up-To-Date.

You cannot roll up in an old beat up car from the junkyard, give it a new paint job, throw on some shiny hubcaps, and then claim it is faster than any sports car out there today. You would lose miserably as your chances of winning go up in smoke. In the same way, an antique laptop running outdated software and drivers will not only just putt putt along, but the vulnerability of its age will leave the door open for more problems to arise. The longer a laptop runs unprotected, the longer there is a window of vulnerability to cyber attacks like ransomware and trojan horses. It is essential that you update your laptop’s software, operating system, and hardware regularly. A newer laptop with a slightly older processor may pass as up-to-date after bringing your software to the latest version. While a classic car is considered a wise investment, there is no such thing as a classic computer, at least not one you should be using.

2. Have an Antivirus Program.

Imagine being tracked by someone for so long that they know your day-to-day schedule. This might seem harmless, but we are not just talking about your husband or wife checking up on you. What if a person stalking your whereabouts ransacks your house while you are gone? What if someone wants to claim your identity? Scarily enough, computer viruses are similar. They go mostly undetected on your computer. Every so often, they can leave a trace. These viruses could track your data, or record what you type on the keyboard. It can also be ransomware where its creator can extort money from you while holding your data hostage. Having a subscription to a good antivirus will protect you from these vulnerabilities. Not only is your data safe from being exposed, but the health of your computer will be safeguarded from various risks. The trojan virus ZBot is an example of a threat that primarily key-logs user input on banking websites, or when typing account credentials. An antivirus will instantly notify you of its whereabouts in your computer and quarantine it. In the event that a program in quarantine is one that you know is legitimate, you can release it from the antivirus and let it work as intended. It is better to be safe than sorry.

3. Beware of Phishing Techniques.

No good deed goes unpunished. You might want to do something nice by giving back during these hard times. However, if you are not cautious, there are plenty of people out there waiting for a disaster to happen. They will take advantage of mass confusion. Look closely at the links you visit, or the ones that show up in your email. After closer examination of a web page address, you may find that you are not visiting a fundraiser’s legitimate website. There might be a misspelling in the web address, or something else may be slightly off. These most likely are phishing websites where scammers collect your credentials and account details. Always look up the website’s true web address before entering any sensitive information. Even teenagers have the ability to clone social networking websites and share the links with their friends, just so they can spy on them. Always check the URL before entering your credentials. Whatever you type can be easily recorded.

4. Do Not Open Suspicious Emails.

If an email out of the blue offers you easy money, do not open it. Even if you have opened it, do not click on any link as it will be a scam. The link may ask you to log in to your social media or bank accounts. In more severe cases, it may even download software under the pretense of repairing your computer or protecting it from trojan horses or viruses. It will be exactly the same thing it says it is protecting your computer from. Refrain from opening any such fishy emails. These mails are automatically filtered out and sent to your spam folder, but sometimes they do land in your inbox. These phishing websites that were discussed in the previous tip.

5. Do not Blindly Trust Your Coworkers.

On a bright Sunday morning, you might get a text from a colleague containing a link to a website along with a message that reads, “You should watch this funny video, you’ll die laughing.” You, being the good samaritan, might open it. The website might ask you to log in to see the video, or ask you to download the video player to watch it. Well, you may now die, but not from laughter. You were duped! Malware, viruses, and ransomware are often shared by colleagues because they do not know it is attached to what they are sending. Perhaps someone has taken control of your coworker’s account and the hacker is passing along malware to all their contacts.

Bonus Tip: Have a Backup Plan.

It would be wise of you to seek help from companies like RP Tech Services that deal specifically with these types of potential attacks. In the event that your data is compromised, or leaked, they can keep track of leaked data appearing on the dark web. In case of malware attacks wiping out all the data on your entire computer, they have professional solutions which will help you recover any of your lost data. Put your trust in them rather than scammers that seek your downfall.

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