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Safer Internet Day 2023

February 7 is Safer Internet Day and the perfect time to revisit online best practices for your employees. Considering the average internet user spends over 6.5 hours online each day, it’s clear how vital it is for your employees to navigate the internet safely.

Here are a few best practices you may want to share with them:

  1. Avoid using the same password for every site. Although it’s easy to remember one password, it puts your accounts at risk if any one of the sites is compromised. Mix it up across various websites. You may also want to consider a password manager.

  2. Remember that public networks are not your friend. With a more remote workforce, a neighborhood coffee shop can increasingly serve as a person’s office for the day. Unfortunately, this can present its own risks, as public Wi-Fi networks are not encrypted like home or office networks. You can protect against this risk by using a virtual private network (VPN) or using a personal hotspot that is encrypted and comes with a strong password.

  3. Make purchases only on reliable sites. One way to check? Make sure the browser is connected with HTTPS, not HTTP.

  4. Don’t click unknown links. We all get spam emails with internal links to websites. Avoid clicking on these links. They can spread viruses to your computer and give hackers access to your accounts and passwords.

  5. Update anti-virus software regularly. It’s not enough to download anti-virus software to your system. You need to update it regularly. The easiest way to ensure your software is running and working correctly? Turn the auto-update feature to “ON.”

As an added layer of protection for your company, you may also want to consider cyber liability insurance if you do not already have it. This kind of insurance protects you from the considerable costs associated with a data breach or cyber-attack. Need a quick quote for this risk? No Problem! Give us a call today and let us see how we can protect your business.


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