Tech Blog

04
Oct
2015

Cyber Security

CyberSecurity

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber Security focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unauthorized access (originating from the internet), which could lead to: identity theft, loss of data, encrypted data, virus / malware infection or even leave your computer inoperable.

What has this got to do with You?

Today just about every piece of technology is able to access the internet. As a result you are then plugged into a very large World Wide Web network and the risks that come with that.  From smart phones, computers, websites, email, downloading content, to broadcasting our daily activities via social media sites, our digital foot print has grown as well as our risk of exposure to having our lives turned upside down through cyber-attacks.

The days are long gone where you can place a piece of technology onto the internet and pretend that all will be okay. However following some basic steps and practising safe computing, you can drastically reduce your risk of being attacked while enjoying the benefits of all using one network – the internet.

Yes, you do want to install updates

This is one of the most asked about questions. In days gone by Microsoft updates were often unstable and had a habit of creating their own issues. However hackers are constantly assessing and attacking all types of software, not only the operating system, but programs commonly found on all machines. As a result of this, corporations that provide the applications, are constantly updating their software to reinforce your security. So yes updates are important – if you are ever unsure what updates to apply please contact Brainworx first.

Don’t get socially engineered

Everybody that has email, has won a jackpot or received an information request from the bank, or some stranger calls saying you have a virus on the machine and they need to login. The answer here is simple, how can you win a competition or a lotto that you did not enter in the first place. Why would a bank use something as unsecure as an email to update their records? If you have not instigated the change or purchase, it is a scam…..just delete, hang up the call. Remember institutions like Microsoft will never call you directly, nor will they have some company call on their behalf.

Don’t use the same passwords across systems or websites

This one is simple, make sure your corporate passwords never match any password you use off the corporate network – and don’t use the same passwords on multiple websites. Remember your password is your own, so no sharing and change the password at least once a month. The longer you keep running the same password the higher the risk of someone guessing it.

Use a reputable Antivirus Software

We recommend, supply and install ESET Antivirus. A new licence at $61.52 +gst per year is a small price to pay for peace of mind. However just because you have an antivirus software doesn’t mean you should become complacent. Zero day threats can still infect your machine.

In closing

If your machine is running slower than normal, the same adverts opening up each time you browse the internet or unexplained data usage is occurring, you have a high probability of being a victim of a cyber-attack.

If your machine is infected you can carry in to us, or we can come out onsite, or in some cases we can log in remotely to clean your machine.

For the month of October 2015, if you have an infected computer – quote “We’ve got you covered” and get 10% of your invoice…… Safe computing.

 

Mark Coleman
About Mark Coleman
Director of Brainworx Computer Services and the sub brands of Mailworx and Dataworx

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