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Cybersecurity – the most important security you’ll ever need

Would you leave your front door open? Would you leave your car unlocked? Would you leave your handbag unattended? No. So why do people still not see the importance of cybersecurity?

When you take a step back and think about how much of our day to day lives are controlled by computers, smartphones and servers and then how much of that is private and confidential information and data to us, you start to wonder why cybersecurity has taken such a back seat.

The simple steps that everyone talks about are powerful and will go a long way to hopefully preventing unnecessary attacks on your data;

1) Change your password regularly and not systematically ie. Don’t keep adding a number to the end. Passwords saved on unsecured devices are the riskiest. The common phrase used to be don’t write down your pin number and keep it in a purse or wallet, but now the chances of getting your pin number lifted from a smartphone are 11 times more than if it was written down and on your person.

2) When using a web browser, never enter personal information to a site without the padlock icon in the address bar. The padlock indicates a secure mode where communications between browser and web server are encrypted. This type of connection is designed to prevent anyone from reading or modifying the data you exchange with the website.

3) Pay for an appropriate level of security. Free security is usually the worst form, hence why it is free. The cost of post malware attacks and data breaches is on average 7 times greater than the prevention in the first place.

The steps above will significantly reduce the risk of an attack, but this will not be enough to rely on.

Contact and speak to any ISP providers you may have or at least do some further research online in how you can hopefully avoid and prevent any attacks.

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