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4 Tips for IT Security

Fraudulent emails and phishing scams are key factors in getting malware onto machines, and it’s projected to be a bigger concern in 2019 as malware becomes more complex and harder to identify. Now more than ever, it’s important to incorporate these simple tips to keep your systems secure.

Security Tip #1: If you don’t recognize the sender don’t open the email

Only open emails from legitimate sources. If you have a preview pane and an email is opened automatically, at least don’t click on the links if you aren’t 100% sure it’s legitimate. Consider this advice from WIRED: “The best way to spot a phishing scheme is to listen to your gut. Even if an email looks like it comes from a friend, that doesn’t mean it’s safe.” If anything seems off, check with the purported sender on another platform or contact us by submitting a ticket.

Security Tip #2: Update your passwords

Some employer’s policies require you to change your computer, software and/or email password periodically, while others do not. This is a good habit to get into at work or even take home and apply it to your personal devices, as it could save you headache from getting your accounts hacked. Gilmore also recommends reviewing current passwords and making them more complex – add a special character, numbers, or turn it into a passphrase to make it harder to hack.

Security Tip #3: Make sure your devices are up-to-date

As a part of Gilmore’s InFocus managed IT agreement, we ensure that corporate machines, network and business software is up-to-date, but in today’s day and age of bring your own device to work, employees have a significant role to play in keeping these systems secure.  Take the time to update personal devices, whether at home or work, to make sure you have all the security patches in place to protect you from bad actors.

Security Tip #4: Implement multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication is a security system that requires more than one method of authentication from an independent source to log into a device or site. Many platforms today offer 2-step verification. Using multi-factor authentication increases your security and lowers your risk of being hacked. To activate this security feature, simply go to your security settings to set it up to make sure you’re notified if someone else is attempting to gain access to one of your accounts. 

For more security tips, check out The Wired Guide to Digital Security.

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