Internet Security

Given the recent news about the cyber attack from last weekend, we thought it would be an idea to give some recommendations for keeping you safe online.

PASSWORDS

Passwords as we know are a pain, they say don’t use the same one for all sites, has to be 8 characters and contain blah blah blah. Making a password can be BORING and 90% of the time the first password you try doesn’t meet the criteria for the site. Here’s a handy tip for an easy secure password

Pick a name or word (with a capital), can be anything for example rabbit, then choose a random punctuation character, of example ?, now we just need two other ingredients, the website name and a date you’ll remember, so lets have amazon and 2512 (Christmas Day). Now lets make a password, here’s what we do

name+punctuation+site+date=NEWSUPERPASSWORD so using my examples above i’d have

Rabbit?amazon2512

you can even have it anyway round you like, as long as the two words are split up between either punctuation or the date, this makes it harder for people to guess and crack. The beauty of this trick is it works for ANY site

Rabbit?ebay2512 or Outlook2512rabbit?

As long as you get a combination that works for you to remember it, you’ve now become a lot more safer online!!

ANTIVIRUS

This is usually the first and last line of defense for your PC. The only tips here are

  1. Use ONE – free or paid (we recommend Avast)
  2. Make sure it updates (Avast does a “Nitro” update every few minutes)
  3. If it tells you a file, email or webpage is bad, then trust it 99% of the time its right.
  4. Run a regular scan (Avast scans automatically, but sometimes best to run one just for piece of mind)

UPDATES

The recent attacks showed that a few too many people do not do Windows updates. The method used by the hackers recently was something that was found and fixed over two months ago. If you haven’t done you Windows updates then do them, the few minutes to hour it will take will SAVE YOUR PC and anything you have stored from this kind of attack.

BACKUPS

With backups there are some simple rules

  1. BACKUP! Not sure how? Just ask
  2. Use a drive bigger than you need
  3. Backup up frequently
  4. Do not leave the drive plugged in, put it away after each backup
  5. BACKUP (sorry to repeat, but its vital in order to save your data)

Other tips

Aside from Antivirus, backing up and secure passwords, what else can you do to keep safe? Well simple answer is nothing more, apart from take care and be vigilant of where you go and the emails you open. If you are never sure its always best to delete that email or close off that webpage.

 

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