Important Security Tips

Security Tips

Don’t Fall for Phony Phone Calls

An easy way for hackers to gain access to systems and accounts is to ask for it. Social engineering is a time-tested method used by many hackers. In many cases, all it takes is a phone call to a victim posing as an IT professional with a request for the user’s login and password so they can “remove malware” or “fix an issue” that isn’t actually there. Make sure you educate your end-users on this sort of attack and don’t fall for it yourself.

Always Patch Your Systems

The latest Verizon security breach report shows a large number of breaches result from well-known vulnerabilities. Approximately 97 percent of breaches investigated by Verizon resulted from 10 well-known vulnerabilities that are many years old. Often, users are hacked because their systems are not up-to-date and patched with the latest security patches and updates. Make sure you’re patching for well-known vulnerabilities. It just makes sense.

Be Careful with Unprotected Wi-Fi

Researchers with Cylance provided a compelling case regarding why you should use a VPN when using a public WIFI connection. Cylance discovered 277 hotels and convention centers across 29 countries were affected by a vulnerability in a router used to offer Free Wi-Fi to guests. Free Wi-Fi also has the danger to allow for a man in the middle attack. Whenever possible, use a VPN so you’re not leaving your system at risk.


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