Quick Cybersecurity Tips to Keep in Mind to Keep Your Data Safe

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The war against cyber criminals is still going on and unfortunately, they are becoming more and more creative with their antics. Technology and software professionals are continuously releasing security tools and procedures to protect users from these criminals, but no matter how effective these tools are, there’s no way to predict the damage caused by a careless user.

Always keep on top of cyber security measures to prevent coming across these unwanted criminals. Being a bookkeeping firm, we understand the importance of cyber security measures as we are handling our client’s sensitive financial information. We make it our duty to stay updated and always implement top-quality security measures for the sake of our firm and our clients. Remember, one single mistake could be the reason for a massive data loss which can definitely result in more serious problems.

Here are some quick and simple cyber security tips to keep in mind:

  • Practice good password management.

Avoid using common and easy-to-guess passwords, instead, use a strong mix of alpha-numerical characters and for added unique, you can also use lowercase and uppercase letters. Don’t use the same password for multiple, this will prevent a domino effect of hacking if one of your accounts had been compromised. Never share your passwords with others and don’t write it down on paper, but in cases that this will be necessary, make sure you trust the person and you shred the paper where you have written your password.

  • Be careful when clicking attachments or links in emails.

Viruses and malware can now slide in your inbox through links and attachments within a suspicious email. Always double check first before clicking anything on the email especially when the message is from an unknown sender. Spelling mistakes and fishy domain names are often dead giveaways of these tricks so keep your eyes open for that.

  • Sensitive browsing, such as banking or online shopping should only be done on a trusted device and protected network.

When accessing sensitive data online, always make sure that you are using your trusted device and network. Public devices and wi-fi networks are often unprotected and cybercriminals can easily steal your data while using them.

  • Use anti-virus software and VPNs.

There now exists a huge number of different security software for different devices and platforms. Anti-virus software protects devices from malware attacks and will always keep you notified if there is a suspicious data that entered your device. A VPN, on the other hand, will protect your data when you are connected to the internet. This security tool will keep you anonymous online so cyber criminals can’t track you and steal information from you. Make sure you do your research to find the right tool for your needs.

  • Eliminate the thought process of ‘It will never happen to me’.

If you are someone that is constantly using the internet, you are not 100% safe from cyber attacks. No matter how strong and effective your security tools and procedures are, you should never let your guards down against these cyber criminals. Exerting more extra precautions is always better than trying to clean up the mess these cyber attacks make.

 

We are pretty sure you have heard these tips before, but repetition helps with memorization. Always keep these tips in mind to keep your online data safe.

Need secured and safe bookkeeping and tax preparation services? Contact FAS Bookkeeping and Tax Services today at (832-437-0385) or admin@fas-accountingsolutions.com.

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