Staying safe online

Mobile phone with a security screen switched on

As we enter our second lockdown and with Christmas fast approaching, it’s a timely reminder of how we can keep ourselves safe while surfing the net both personally and through business.  Cybercrime has always been a threat, but now more than ever, the current situation has opened up a world of opportunities to would-be criminals.

So, what can you do to keep safe online?

  • Install security software so that you receive warning notifications when pages aren’t secure.  This type of software can also protect against malware.  You only need to Google security software to see there are a whole host of packages available – but if you’d like advice as to which one may be suitable for your needs, please get in touch with us.
  • Install a firewall security system especially if you’re a business with a large network. Firewalls filter web traffic to prevent against the penetration of malware or malicious viruses.
  • Regularly remind yourself and employees of their obligations and what to look for when it comes to suspicious files and attachments.  If you’re in any doubt, contact the sender to check the email contents before downloading a file.  It’s better to be safe than sorry!  
  • We know that life as we know it can change in an instant.  Be prepared and ensure that, should you need to change plans and work from a personal device that it has the necessary protection in place to keep data secure. Is your operating system optimised and regularly updated?
  • Don’t be afraid to test your systems on a regular basis.  What might be safe and secure today, may not be tomorrow.  Cybercrime is becoming more sophisticated, so what you have in place may not be fit for purpose in the future with new threats evolving. 

The IT landscape is forever changing.  Make sure you’re prepared and have a back-up plan in place.

If you’d like further information on what systems might be best suited to you and your business, please get in touch with us.  We’re here to help.