How to Secure your Cyber activities

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While cybersecurity surely is not the only thing on your mind right now and the cyber landscape is constantly changing, it should be an important focus. It’s the perfect time for you to reevaluate what you’re doing and implement a stronger, safer cyber security strategy that gives your startup the best chance of thriving in the years to come.

Emphasize stronger passwords: Passwords control the world. For all of the complex methods attackers use to compromise network systems, websites and applications, the preferred method is to simply type in a user ID and password the old-fashioned way.

From a cybersecurity perspective, one of the most practical steps you can take is to require your employees to utilize stronger passwords. This means encouraging the use of more characters and more complex ordering. Instead of “myeyetrodigital,” a stronger password would be “#eyetrodigital5#.”

 It’s also important that you don’t use the same password across multiple websites or applications. If one password becomes compromised, you don’t want a hacker having access to all of your other accounts.

Require two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication, also commonly referred to as multi-factor authentication, is a verification process by which an individual must have two or more elements to access the account being protected.

There are three generally recognized factors for authentication: something you know (such as a password), something you have (such as a hardware token or cell phone), and something you are (such as your fingerprint). Two-factor means the system is using two of these options.”

Look beyond Secure Sockets Layer (SSL): SSL is best described as a standard security protocol for establishing encrypted links between a web server and a browser in an online communication.

Securing your website is obviously a key step in the process of protecting your business online. While you can find a lot of good advice regarding how to secure your website, be wary of buying an SSL certificate and then stepping away.

SSL is valuable and much needed, but what most people don’t understand is that SSL can’t protect against application layer attacks. In order to maximize protection of your website from all angles, you should deploy solutions that provide multi-layer protection.

Be smarter with cloud storage: The rise of the cloud has been one of the more exciting and positive developments in the business world over the last five years. “Cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive take many steps to secure user content; however, hackers are also working hard to find and exploit new vulnerabilities

Unfortunately, the abundance of positive coverage for the cloud has led many entrepreneurs and business owners to assume that it’s totally safe. Since technologists constantly talk about how much safer the cloud is than physical on-premise storage, they don’t immediately recognize that there are still inherent risks that come with storing data and files in this format.

Is the cloud safe? By and large, the answer is yes. But if you’re going to trust all of your business data, files and records with a service like these, you better know what you’re doing.

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