Be Cyber Wise, Don’t Compromise
Throughout 2021–22, one cybercrime was reported every 7 minutes to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). Throughout Cyber Security Awareness Month (October) we encourage you to implement these 4 quick steps to help protect yourself and your clients.
Step 1: Install updates for your devices and software
Regular updates ensure you have the latest security in place which can help prevent cyber criminals from hacking your devices. You should also make sure you are downloading authorised and legitimate programs.
Check your devices for updates, and turn on automatic updates so that future updates are made straight away when charging and connected to Wi-Fi.
Step 2: Implement multi-factor authentication
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security measure that requires at least 2 proofs of identity to grant access. Businesses as well as individuals should implement MFA wherever possible. MFA options can include a physical token, authenticator app, email or SMS.
Learn how to turn on MFA for your accounts.
Step 3: Regularly back up your files
Backing up copies of your files to an external device or the cloud means you can restore your files if something goes wrong. It is a precautionary measure that can help to avoid costly data recovery.
Setting up and performing regular backups in your system or application settings can provide you peace of mind that your devices are backed up on a regular basis.
Step 4: Change your passwords to passphrases
Using passphrases can boost the security of your accounts and make it harder for cyber criminals to access your information. Passphrases use 4 or more random words and can include symbols, capitals and numbers. A password manager can help you generate or store passphrases.
Improving your cyber security is easy, to learn more the ACSC offers practical advice and information on ways to protect yourself online.
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