Tips to Starting Off the New Year Secure

Fraudulent emails and phishing scams are key factors in getting malware onto machines, and it’s projected to be a bigger concern in 2018 as malware becomes more complex and harder to identify. It’s going to be key, now more than ever, to follow some simple basic tips to stay secure in 2018.

Security Tip #1: If you do not recognize the sender, do not 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 of you have policies at work that 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. We would also recommend taking a look at your 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

Part of your partnership with Gilmore Solutions is that we make sure your corporate machines, network, and business software is up-to-date, but in today’s day and age of bring your own device to work, you can do your part.  Take the time to update your personal devices, whether at home or work, to make sure you have all the security patches in place to protect you from the bad guys.

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 (i.e. social media and email) offer 2-step verification. Whenever this option is available, turning it on definitely increases your security and lowers your risk of being hacked. If it isn’t on and you’d like it to be, simply go to your security settings (typically found under “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 for 2018, check out The Wired Guide to Digital Security.

Happy New Year from all of us at Gilmore Solutions!