Cybersecurity Tips

Every individuals and businesses should always practice good cybersecurity to ensure the information on the individual and business computers are protected, prevent company computers from being hacked and to prevent identity theft. When employees accidentally fall into phishing scams, or download adwares, malware, viruses or ransomware, it allows criminals to access the computers and do significant damage.

We can provide presentations to businesses using slideshows examples and lectures to educate company employees on how to spot and prevent phishing attacks, scams, and prevent downloading malware, spyware, viruses and ransomware.

Everyone should follow these basic practices to help prevent problems from arising:

  • Use unique passwords: Every website should have their own unique, complex passwords comprising of different cases, digits and characters that are randomized. If you use the same simple password on multiple sites, hackers typically try to use the same password to break into another websites, leading to multiple vulnerablities. Using simple passwords would make it easier for hackers to figure out and break into the website.
  • Password managers: A reputable password manager such as Lastpass or Bitwarden can be used to help you remember different passwords. All you need to remember is a one master password.
  • Phishing scams: When receiving any emails, check the sender’s email domain to ensure they match to the real sender’s email. Many scammers disguise themselves as a reputable company, but their email is not from their domain and using random email domains. Also compare the URL links shown to the real clickable link to see if they match, by putting your mouse over on desktop or holding down the finger to reveal the real link popup in mobile device. If the links do not match, it will take you to a fake website to trick you to reveal your credentials to the thieves. Phishing scams are also part of social engineering scams where the content of the email contains urgency asking to verify your purchase. They are often addressed to no one specifically, uses a random free email address, and have poor grammar and unprofessional tone in the content.
  • Update software: When there is security updates for the operating system, individual softwares or for the mobile devices, update them and patch them. Hackers typically look for vulnerabilities in software to exploit and hack into, to spread malware and viruses.