New Year’s Cyber Resolutions

With 2019 in full swing, resolutions being put into practice and holiday blues setting in, I challenge you to add some different resolutions onto that list of yours, next to the “go to gym four times a week”.

Hopefully you have already implemented many more best practices to stay cyber safe, this list is just to continue this through the new year and to add onto your knowledge.

  1. Be more aware when it comes to Cyber Security.

The learning never stops, cybercriminals change and adapt their attacks, meaning you need to do the same. User Awareness Training is key to have real life situations shown and how to prevent them.

  1. Change passwords regularly.

This is something that I will say all year round, I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure you change your passwords regularly and have different passwords for each login.

  1. Lock your computer screen whenever you step away.

A breach can occur due to your device being left unattended and vulnerable, make sure to lock even if you are only away for a few minutes.

  1. Check that who you are sending information to, is the correct recipient.

Human error plays a big role in breaches for companies, always make sure you have the correct contact information/person before sending anything.  

  1. Do not use unsecure public WiFi’s under any circumstance.

It may seem harmless to quickly pop onto that available free WiFi, but it could lead to a virus being deployed or allows a hacker access to your device. Laptop or Cellphone, do not connect.

  1. Make sure your work and home devices are on the latest updates.

Keeping your devices up to date will just add that extra layer of security, it is more like a cherry on top of your already solid multi-layered security system.

  1. Make your home network as secure as your work network.

Your workplace should have Cyber Security partners like J2 Software and an IT team to turn to for advice and a way forward on how to match the security for your home. With J2 Home Secure, this can be achieved.

This list is just a few of the main practices you should continue into this year. There is much more you can do to ensure that you stay secure and prevent breaches and cyber-attacks from occurring, that is why the first resolution is to keep learning and gaining knowledge around Cyber Security.

Let us help you make 2019 your securest year.

Let’s get real.

Olivia-Hannah Coetzee

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