computer security day

Today marks National Computer Security Day.

This day demands our attention every year due to the shift to a more digital way of life. Although technology has enriched our lives, it has also left us vulnerable to data security issues and cyber-attacks.

It’s no secret that the introduction of electronic devices has made our lives easier. However, that doesn’t mean it comes without its complications.

This unofficial holiday reminds both people and businesses to stay on top of their computer security.

In this blog, we’ll share some tips on how to keep on top of computer security.

1. Create strong passwords

I’m sure we’ve all fallen victim to the memorable password of ‘Password123’ or ‘Password12345.’ Despite, this making life easier for us, it also makes you more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

We suggest you create strong passwords by following the below steps:

  • Use a combination of upper-and lower- case letters.
  • Include numbers.
  • Include special characters (symbols).
  • Never include any personal information.
  • Never use the same password for different applications.
  • Ensure your passwords are at least 12 characters long.

2. Keep all software up to date

We’re fully aware of the painstaking amount of time it takes to update software. And we’re all guilty of clicking the little ‘X’ and leaving it to a later date. However, you are taking a serious risk every time you do this!  

Software updates have multiple benefits and they all come down to protecting your computer security.

Software updates are specifically designed to strengthen the stability of any software and combat the latest viruses.

3. Ensure you have antivirus software in place

Having an antivirus software installed on your electronic device sounds like a no brainer and we agree with this notion.

Not having this could result in a slow device, or having important files damaged or deleted. To prevent this from happening, it is vital you have antivirus software installed.

Are you looking to download an antivirus software but don’t know where to start?

Our helpdesk team are on hand to help, contact us today!

4. Regularly backup your data

Ever spent hours on an important document but the file becomes corrupted?

This disheartening situation is easy to avoid if you regularly backup your data.

Here at The Unite Group, we recommend using the 3-2-1 approach for best practice:

  • Make sure you have THREE copies of your data,
  • On TWO different storage mediums,
  • And with ONE off-site copy.

5. Cyber Essential Certification

Businesses should go the extra mile when it comes to cyber security. One simple way of doing this is to achieve the Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed and industry-supported scheme that allows businesses to protect themselves from cyber-attacks.

A foundation level certificate protects your business for 80% of the most basic cyber security breaches.

The Cyber Essentials scheme covers 5 key areas of cybersecurity:

  • Access Control
  • Software Updates
  • Firewalls & Routers
  • Secure Configuration
  • Malware Protection

The benefits of obtaining the Cyber Essentials certification:

  • It prevents around 80% of cyberattacks.
  • It presents you with new business opportunities and can boost your reputation,
  • Demonstrate to your customers/clients that you take cybersecurity seriously.
  • It provides you with the opportunity to work with the Government.
  • Be listed on the NCSC’s database.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to data protection.

Upon completion of Cyber Essentials, businesses are then presented with the opportunity to move on to Cyber Essentials Plus.

If you would like to learn more about the Cyber Essentials certification, click here!

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