1. You’ve got mail – but check those attachments and links for validity:
    Companies & agencies like FedEx, UPS, USPS and the IRS will not send you emails with attachments. If you see an email like this or one with an attachment you are not expecting do not click on it. If it looks like it may be from someone you know, you can check with them first before opening if the email was unexpected. Also, don’t click on the links from the email directly if you are at all suspicious. Instead go directly to those websites and login there.
  2. Microsoft will NOT call you to fix your computer:
    any call from anyone claiming to be Microsoft or any sort of tech or security company that bullies you into accessing your computer NOW is a fraud. Hang up and call your IT company (this should be US!) instead.
  3. Keep your client’s data secure when at Starbucks:
    When you are on an unsecured WiFi network such as Starbucks or a hotel, do not access or log in to private or secure websites. Instead use a VPN connection or do this from your office.
  4. Backup, Backup, Backup:
    Be sure you have multiple layers of backup. Ideally a cloud based solution that is easily accessible when you need it and an encrypted or password protected local solution that protects your client’s files.
  5. Keep your software up to date:
    Be sure to keep your computer up to date with the latest patches and updates.
  6. Address your BYOD policy:
    The use of personal devices on a company network is one of your biggest concerns. If you allow personal devices have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in place for your employees.
  7. Catch banking fraud fast:
    Sign up for e-mail or text alerts with your bank whenever a withdrawal over $100 takes place.
  8. Who has access to your client records and private data:
    Do you have employees that can access company files outside of the office through an application like Dropbox or OneDrive? Limit access to this data with policies and procedures in place or use a more secure solution (we can help with this!)
  9. Use secure passwords:
    This includes everything from the login to your PC to any and all websites you access. Don’t make the password easy to remember. Make them strong and complex, or you can use a password manager like LastPass.
  10. Cyber Insurance:
    NAS Insurance claims results show that costs associated with a data breach can conservatively range from $10 to $30 per record for breach response services such as client notifications, IT services, legal expenses and communication costs. How much will that cost your business?