Why should I care about Cyber Security?
In 2017, cyber-criminals stole nearly $172 billion from 978 million consumers in 20 countries. Many of us believe that our private information is secure on our personal computers; however, that is not the case. Criminal activities that are carried out by an individual or group of individuals through computers or the Internet is known as cybercrime. Cybercriminals target individuals through unauthorized access of their computers, which results in theft of personal information. Each year, billions of dollars are lost due to cybercrime, so the importance of taking preventative actions is crucial.
Here is how you can develop a preventative cybersecurity plan!
- Educate your employees! It is important for your employees to be educated on cybersecurity so they can take the correct actions when it comes to opening e-mails and changing their passwords. DIS offers a cybersecurity educational class to your employees for as low as $3 a month per user to help educate your employees.
- Use passphrases rather than passwords! Passwords are your typical word, name, number, symbols or a combination that run together. The problem with passwords is that they are relatively easy to crack by a person or robot. Passphrases, on the other hand, are sentences that contain spaces and punctuation, such as a quote or sentence. According to experts, passphrases are almost impossible to crack, simply because most sophisticated hacking programs “break down” at around 10 characters.
- Purchase a Firewall with gateway security! Having a hardware firewall is not enough, make sure you have gateway security enabled to detect intrusions and attacks. Contact us for more information.
- Buy Anti-Virus software to protect your computers from viruses and spyware. Anti-Virus software regularly scans your computer for known definitions, as well as helping to keep any new issues from intruding your computer.