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10 commandments to live and work safely digitally

In 2022 we are increasingly working digitally from everywhere. Hybrid working offers us many advantages and is here to stay – but it also makes company-sensitive information more vulnerable to ever-increasing cybercrime.

Companies massively invest in effective security for their networks and data.

 

However, we’re all human. Human error is still the biggest cause of cyber-attacks on businesses. Therefore, it’s important for all of us to be aware of the potential threats that are lurking.

 

Sometimes it’s the little details we forget that can make a big difference when it comes to cybersecurity. We present you 10 tips to live and work safely digitally.

1. Use secure and unique passwords, and never share them with anyone

What was the password again? Yes, we must remember so many different passwords nowadays. Sometimes it’s tempting to use a single password for everything. But trust us – don’t do that.

To make your life easier, there are many password managing tools that allow you to store all your passwords in a responsible and safe way. Never share a password with anyone – not on a piece of paper, not by e-mail -, just don’t do it.

 

 

2. Beware of phishing mails

Did you know cybercriminals can also impersonate one of your colleagues? Always be alert and check the sender’s e-mail address before opening an e-mail and do not click on any links. Be critical about the timing: you weren’t expecting an e-mail from this colleague on this subject? That should ring a bell.

 

 

3. Report any problems immediately to your security administrator

Have you become a victim of hacking or phishing? Notify your security administrator right away. Making mistakes is human and the longer you wait, the bigger the problem will become!

 

 

4. Use two-step verification

A two-step verification method adds an extra layer of security on top of your username and password. In addition to your password, you have to confirm your identity via another trusted device, in most cases your smartphone. A sometimes tedious task, but it keeps you one step ahead of hackers.

 

 

5. Stay away from public WIFI networks

When using unsecured WIFI hotspots your data is not safe at all. Hackers can easily access any information you send to the internet through these networks. Still want to use a public WIFI network, for example at a hotel? Try doing so via a VPN connection.

 

 

6. Lock your screen and don’t leave your PC unattended

Flexible workspaces are currently very popular and for good reason – they are hip, accessible and offer the chance to network and grow your business.Leaving your desk for lunch? Always lock your screen.

Whenever possible, don’t leave your PC unattended – not even in the boot of your car when it’s parked on the street.

 

 

7. Just do those software updates already!

Update pop-ups always seem to come at a bad time but keeping all your devices’ software up to date is more important for security than you might think. Every update contains fixes for potential security threats. It’s well worth your time.

 

 

8. Use an access code or password on all your devices

We cannot stress the importance of this enough. Don’t use a code or password that is too easy to guess – see tip 1! Think about your own home, for example –  do you leave your doors and windows open? If you want to be sure that your data is protected in case of theft, use disk encryption software. This kind of software ensures that your data is only accessible with a unique key.

 

 

9. Use a virus scanner

Antivirus software offers good protection to keep scammers at bay. The best packages on the market can be expensive, but better be safe than sorry, right? A hacker asking for ransom will cost you much more.

 

 

10. Think before you print

There is still a lot of printing going on in this digital world. You can even print something from home for a colleague who is in the office at that very moment. Handle this carefully, because in many companies many people have access to the same printer.

Always avoid leaving documents on a printer for no reason. Think carefully whether you really need a document on paper.

 

 

In short: not printing is safer and better for the environment. Win-win!

Author: Xplore Group