We recently added ITSecureNow to our portfolio—a company created by our IT Manager, Lorne Sykora that provides companies with a broad range of technical skills needed to maintain peak levels of productivity and security. ITSecureNow is set apart from other companies in the industry by their state-of-the-art security solutions and preventative security training. Last week, we sat down with Lorne Sykora to discuss some security best practices that everyone should know.
- Create Complex Passwords
An ideal password should not contain names, dates or any personal data that could be easily guessed. Your pets name is not a good password. Your password should also be composed of at least 8 characters and diversified with numbers, upper-case and lower-case letters and symbols. In addition, Sykora recommends to never use the same password for all accounts. “If your bank account password is the same as your email password, you risk hackers accessing your bank account if the email server gets breached – which happened recently with the Yahoo breach.” Sykora said.
The best way to be truly secure with your passwords is to generate a secure random password for each website and store them on an encrypted password manager such as LastPass or Secretserveronline.
- Think Before You Click
Don’t click on links if you don’t know where they came from. There are many phishing emails linking to websites that can download malware to your computer and give hackers access to your information.
- Be Careful With Public Wi-Fi
“Avoid using your credit card and logging into secure accounts when using public Wi-Fi. If someone wants your information bad enough, they will find a way to obtain it,” Sykora said. Make sure sites are protected by HTTPS