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You don’t know, what you don’t know. If you don’t know anything about cyber crime you probably won’t be thinking of ways to protect yourself and your business.  It is, however, one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world. So, a little awareness can go a long way. Our Cyber Awareness Week here in the office has turned into Cyber Awareness Fortnight because there’s so much to get to grips with.

We’ve had many conversations about phishing emails and how to spot them. We’ve looked at the amount of spam texts we receive individually, this is definitely becoming more frequent.  Keeping this conversation going will help us to not become complacent and be on the look out for suspicious interactions.

One of the areas we had focused on was our individual Last Pass security scores. Last Pass is a Password Manager, using multi factor authentication. It stores all your passwords in a vault so all you need to remember is one password. You can safely share passwords, which get encrypted, so the end user won’t see your details.

One of the features of Last Pass, is that it grades how secure your passwords are, whether they’re weak or strong, it will monitor if the same password has been reused and gives you an overall security score. There are 4 ratings to the score, Low, Average, High and Highest.  It is our requirement that our team members reach at least Average score but aim for High. This not only keeps us safe, but it helps the team learn what makes them more secure and to stay diligent.

If you’re wondering if a Password Manager is 100% safe, that would depend on how good the hacker is and how diligent the user is, but by building a wall of security around you, is a sensible step to take. Remember you can improve your security by adding anti-virus software and keep it up to date. Keep software up to date by backing up regularly and password protecting all your devices.

STOP thinking it won’t happen to you.  We all hope that we don’t become victims of this online crime wave but taking some precautions will be better than hoping.  Stay safe!

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