Cyber security

In today’s digital age, safeguarding your online accounts is more important than ever. One of the simplest yet most effective ways to protect your digital identity is by practicing good password hygiene.

Additionally, being aware of phishing threats can further enhance your online security. Bob Kelly, Chase de Vere’s Director of IT, provides some essential tips:

Create Strong, Unique Passwords: Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using easily guessable information like birthdays or common words.

Use Different Passwords for Different Accounts: Reusing passwords across multiple accounts increases the risk of a security breach. Use unique passwords for each account to minimise the impact if one of your accounts gets compromised.

Change Passwords Regularly: Set a reminder to update your passwords periodically, ideally every three to six months. This helps mitigate the risk of unauthorised access over time.

Use a Password Manager: Password managers help you do both of the above and provide a more secure place to store your passwords, avoiding the need for you to write down your passwords, and helps you create strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Adding an extra layer of security with 2FA can significantly enhance the protection of your accounts. It typically involves entering a code sent to your mobile device or email after entering your password. this is particularly important for accounts holding your financial information, and your email account.

Be Wary of Phishing Attempts: Phishing attacks often involve deceptive emails or messages that attempt to trick you into revealing sensitive information or clicking on malicious links. Be cautious of unexpected emails, especially those asking for your password or personal information. Verify the legitimacy of the sender and avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments from unknown sources, taking the same vigilant action with unexpected phone calls is important too,

Report Suspicious Activity: If you receive a suspicious email or encounter a potential phishing attempt, report it to the appropriate authorities or your organisation’s IT security team. By reporting such incidents, you help protect yourself and others from falling victim to phishing scams.

In summary, the strength of your digital security often starts with the strength of your passwords and your ability to recognise and defend against phishing threats. By following these simple guidelines, you can better protect yourself from cyber threats and enjoy a safer online experience.

Content correct at the time of writing.

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