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How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack

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We’ve all done it. We click “Remind Me Later” when we got notified that an update is available. We are all busy people and who has the time at that particular moment? But, in the New Normal of cyber criminals around every corner, we no longer have that luxury.

Beyond updating the moment that you are notified, here are 7 things you and your employees can do to help protect both sensitive personal and business information from getting in the wrong hands.

Restart your Devices at Least Once a Day – If you missed a notification, your computer or other devices will do the updates automatically when you choose to restart or power-off and power back on again. Remember this is for any device that is connected to the Internet. Each of these devices typically has apps or on/off switches that will reboot and update the device.

Be in-the-know – It can be stressful to watch or read the news, but you need to be alerted regarding the most recent hacking attempts, who has been hacked (such as Amazon or Target), and especially to be knowledgeable of phishing scams that are a infiltrating emails (such as those concerning the coronavirus). Being aware and hypervigilant is the key to protection from cyberattacks.

Passwords: Strong, Managed and Frequently Changed – Login information is what cyber criminals want most of all. And your password is the prize. These assets include online banking, credit cards, social security numbers, driver license photos, and anything else that a criminal can use to pose as you or your employee online. Use a password manager to track password changes. Do not use the same passwords over and over again.

Separate Credit Card for Online Purchases – Never shop online with a debit card. If a cybercriminal steals direct from the checking account, typically it is gone and there’s very little a bank can do about it. With credit cards though, if you catch a fraudulent purchase, you need to notify them right away so they can begin an investigation. It is best to have a credit card with a relatively low limit so a criminal will max it out quickly.

Secure Router and Networks – Beyond password protecting your router, turn on the encryption feature, keep it updated since it contains your firewall and create separate networks to keep devices separate. A public network gives access to your neighbors or anyone sitting in the driveway.

Backup Frequently – Having your files in a protected area of the cloud is very reassuring, especially since AutoSave features can be implemented. However, you should still save copies of anything you create. For instance, if you take all notes or keep all contacts electronically what would you do if you lost them or they became corrupted? Make sure you know how to restore.

Consider hiring a managed IT service provider. They can create the barriers you need from cyberattacks and be continuously on guard, 24/7/365.  We are here to protect you and provide the information you need to remain safe. Contact our team of technology experts at MidnightBlue to gain the same protection services as a large corporation.