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IT Security. Know the basics.

Date Posted: 28 July, 2020
IT Security. Know the basics.

 

Company digitalization and multi-use Internet are just a few of the issues that have put system security under the microscope again. Remote working, streaming platforms and the effect of Covid-19 have all played a part in putting professional and personal connectivity at considerable risk. So much so that consumers have had become their own security specialists in order to simply limit the risks in their day-to-day life.

For weeks the press has been reporting an increase in personal data theft which is being sold onto the dark web for corporate attacks, with even hospitals finding themselves a casualty. Whatever the intent or crime, the risks have increased sharply with democratization destabilization, espionage and sabotage the most common assaults used by states to assert their interests.

Perpetrated by a wide range of imposters, from isolated individuals to offensive state organizations, attacks are often a combination of tactics. The trends generally indicate a commercial motive but there are solutions to protect against them.

Choose the right antivirus

Antivirus software works when a computer is turned on and detects the slightest aggression attempt from the outside. These programs block all intrusions and help prevent a computer virus. The VPN works to ensure the anonymity of your presence on the web.

Pay attention to the websites you visit

Even with effective protection tools such as antivirus software available, it can often be our own personal habits that offers up the widest of targets. Being vigilant against attacks is important and involves taking a few simple steps such as avoiding illegal download or unsecured sites, avoiding opening an e-mail containing an attachment from an unknown sender and of course, not clicking on those all too frequent pop-up ads.

Update and choose effective passwords

Software for computers, mobiles and tablets provide regular updates that help limit the risks of attack. It is important to always ensure approval of these updates in order to limit the risks. Pay particular attention to passwords which should ideally be 8 characters long, including letters and numbers, upper and lower case. Free solutions exist for all of these steps, but it is important to limit their use because even if the “Freemium” offers are interesting, they should not be the panacea.

Here at Ranieri, we provide high-tech support for a number of clients. For further information and counsel, please contact Karim Rhalimi – [email protected]

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