Trick or Treat: Cybersecurity Tips For Halloween
How to avoid the TRICKS by being aware of the tactics:
As National Cybersecurity Awareness month comes to a close on Halloween, It can be spooky knowing that cybercriminals are trying their best to trick you. Check out these tips to stay safe online and protect yourself and your organization from cybercriminals.
Don’t open the door to strangers!
Just as you were taught not to open the door to strangers, opening links from unknown sources can be just as dangerous.
Phishing refers to the practice of cybercriminals disguising themselves as representatives from a legitimate organization in an attempt to trick recipients into opening an email or message to steal your confidential information. Phishing tactics may change with time, but the basics tend to stay the same.
How many of your users are clicking on phishing links? Find out from our partner KnowBe4.
KnowBe4 is the world’s largest integrated platform for security awareness training combined with simulated phishing attacks.
Protect Your Candy With a Strong Password
Think of passwords as the first line of defense against hackers, using a solid password is crucial for your cybersecurity. You should use distinct passwords for all your different accounts and change them often.
Strong passwords usually consist:
- At least 8 characters – the more characters, the better.
- A mixture of both uppercase and lowercase letters.
- A mixture of letters and numbers.
- Inclusion of at least one special character, e.g., ! @ # ? ]
It may be difficult to remember so many passwords for your various accounts, which is when a password manager comes into the picture. A password manager is a program or software that will help you store and manage all your passwords together.
Chase Away Cyber Vampires
WITH MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION
Cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated, and sometimes a strong password alone may not be enough to keep them out of your organization’s accounts.
Cisco Duo Multifactor authentication (MFA) adds one more layer of protection to help reduce your risk of identity theft and fraud. Duo verifies user identity and device health at every login attempt, providing trusted access to your applications.
Don’t leave a Candy Trail
When you are out trick-or-treating, it is fun to post pictures of your costume, candy stash, and spooky decorations that you saw on your way.
Attackers use social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc to target both your brand, your users, and even your customers by distributing malware or using social engineering to phish for credentials. These criminals try to trick your users and steal login credentials in an attempt to hijack accounts, damage your organization’s reputation or gain access to your network.
How many of your users are vulnerable to social media related attacks?
Our partner KnowBe4, has a complimentary IT tool that helps you identify which users are vulnerable to these types of social media spear phishing attacks.
Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be a scary
As we move into November and look toward the end of the year, remember the need to protect ourselves, our organizations, and our customers online doesn’t disappear. Finding a partner who can help you feel safe in a sometimes scary world makes a big difference.
TEC Communications, Cybersecurity Experts have the knowledge and the technology to protect your network from attacks from all vectors.
Go to https://tec4it.com or call us at 440.333.5903 to get started.