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Cybersecurity 101

These days, the internet is absolutely inundated with articles, tips, and stories about cybersecurity. But where do you start if you don't know anything about the topic?

Well, the worst thing you can do is bury your head in the sand and do nothing. Hackers love that and will take advantage. A common misconception is that your information is safer when you're working and browsing from home, but this is not the case.

Ergo, we've rounded up the low-hanging fruit for your security needs (through the lens of a working from home setup), so you don't have to go digging around Google for advice that might not even be entirely accurate.

Keep in mind these tips are a starting point only and will not make you immune to a cyber attack.

Let's dive in!

1- VPN. Use a VPN (i.e., a Virtual Private Network) if connecting to Wi-Fi networks that don’t belong to you.

2- Antivirus. Protect devices with an antivirus solution. InfoGrate can help you and your business choose one, as there are a variety of options on the market, which can feel overwhelming.

3- Updates. Run software updates regularly. This includes your MS Office 365!

4- When in public. If you're lucky enough to be living in an area that's not currently in a covid-related lockdown, never leave your laptop unattended in a public place (even to nip to the bathroom at Starbucks!).

5- Passwords. Create strong passwords. Use a mixture of numbers, uppercase/lowercase letters, and special characters (such as "$" or "@").

6- Phishing. Stay vigilant of email phishing attacks. If you receive an email that looks even the least bit off, alert your organization's IT department immediately.

7- Video Conferencing. Keep your video conferencing secure by using Microsoft Teams, if this is an option in your organization.

8- Email. Do not use your personal email for work-related emails, because if the former is hacked then the latter can be at risk (and vise-versa).

And as always, we're here to answer any questions you have, as well as work with you on a bespoke security audit and/or project for your business.

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