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Digital New Year's Resolutions

  • Blog
  • 09 January 2018

It’s the start of a New Year and for many, the perfect time to form new habits with their New Year’s resolutions. Whether hoping to hit the gym, stick to a diet or take up a new hobby, consider making some digital New Year’s resolutions to protect you and your business from cyber attacks and online fraud.

Why not print off our list of tips and cross them off as you complete them? Taking the time to complete these simple actions will protect your business year-round from the most common online threats and could potentially save you thousands of pounds and hours of frustration. Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime have stated that one in four small businesses are affected by fraud ever year, with costs estimated at £18.9 billion across all sectors.

Digital New Years Resolutions

In 2018 I will:

Passwords

  • Ensure all my passwords are unique and complex
  • Use two factor authentication on all accounts where possible
  • Consider using a password manager to store complex passwords

Antivirus

  • Install reputable antivirus software and ensure it is kept up to date
  • Schedule regular scans of my computers by my antivirus software
  • Not ignore any messages my antivirus software generates

Software

  • Keep all software and operating systems up to date where possible
  • Consider upgrading devices and software which no longer receive security updates
  • Consider uninstalling software which I no longer require
  • Stick to only installing software from reputable vendors where possible and research any other software prior to installation

Web Browsing

  • Avoid unfamiliar websites where possible
  • Ensure websites are using HTTPS when transferring sensitive information
  • Consider installing an ad blocker as advertisements/popups can be used to deliver malware

Wi-Fi

  • Ensure my Wi-Fi networks are password protected with WPA2 encryption or stronger
  • Avoid using public/communal Wi-Fi where possible and avoid using it for the transmission of sensitive data (such as login/banking information) at all costs

Backup

  • Make regular backups of all important files and computers
  • Try to have more than one backup available and attempt to store at least one of them off-site
  • Ensure all backups are stored securely both physically (in locked storage) and digitally (password protected and/or encrypted)
  • Test that my backups work by performing a dry run of using them to restore data

Devices

  • Ensure all computers and mobile devices are password protected and encrypted where possible
  • Lock devices when not in use and not leave devices unattended in untrusted locations
  • Avoid inserting unverified removable media (CDs/DVDs/USB Drives) into devices

FSB Business Essentials members can call the FSB Cyber Helpline, if they have any questions relating to these tips or you need support with an ongoing Cyber Incident. The Cyber Helpline will provide jargon-free, actionable advice on how to protect you and your business.

Or you can access the FSB Legal Hub for access to cyber factsheets and documents. To find out more about how you can join FSB and become a Business Essentials member click here.

In addition to following industry standard tips and advice on securing your business, it’s also important to keep up to date with new scams and threats. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Action Fraud’s websites are excellent resources for information on emerging threats and guidance for SMEs:

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news


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