Are you wanting to prevent cybercrime? Online identity theft and fraud, webcam hackers, ransomware cyber-attacks, phishing, and other scams are a threat to all of us. This Bandicoot blog is designed to help you protect your data and privacy, and save your files and finances from Cyber-attacks.

Cybercrime has become more of a professional business, especially with structured organisations that generate very significant revenues. Cybercrime costs the UK billions of pounds, causes untold damage, and threatens national security.

 

What Is Cybercrime?

Cybercrime is defined as a crime that is committed using a network-connected device such as a computer or mobile phone. Those who commit these offences are known as cybercriminals.

The increasingly worrying thing for organisations across the globe, cybercriminals can act from anywhere. The punishment of getting traced when committing a crime from a different country is limited.

Common types of cybercrimes include:

  • Phishing
  • Hacking
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Identity Theft
  • Spamming

 

Ways You Can Protect Yourself From Cybercrime

Now you understand cybercrime, the common types of cybercrime, and how the criminal can access your data. Here are some easy to follow tips on how you can protect yourself, and your business, from cybercrime.

 

Password Policy

Don’t repeat your passwords on different sites and change your passwords regularly. Make them complex. That means using a combination of at least 10 letters, numbers, and symbols. A password policy can help you to keep your passwords locked down.

Use Anti-Virus Software

Using anti-virus or a professional IT support company like Bandicoot is a smart way to protect your system from attacks.

Anti-virus software allows you to scan, detect and remove threats before they become a problem. Having this protection in place helps to protect your computer and your data from cybercrime, giving you peace of mind.

If you use anti-virus software, make sure you keep it updated to get the best level of protection.

 

Strengthen Your Security On Wi-Fi

With the new world we live in, many companies are offering hybrid working. It’s fine offering it, but you have to make sure the correct system is in place so they’re protected where ever they work.

And a VPN can do that.

It’s a good idea to start with a strong encryption password as well as a virtual private network when using public Wi-Fi. A VPN (a virtual private network) will encrypt all traffic leaving your devices until it arrives at its destination. If cybercriminals do manage to hack your communication line, they won’t intercept anything but encrypted data. It’s a good idea to use a VPN whenever you have a public Wi-Fi network, whether it’s in a library, café, hotel, or airport.

Educate Your Staff

The tendency of employees to use their work email addresses and similar passwords to set up accounts for other web-based applications is a significant risk. If these websites and applications are compromised, this may very well expose your organisation to risk. So, it is vital that processes are in place to prevent this behaviour, and that employees are fully aware of them.

One thing to remember, security threats aren’t a one-time thing. Training and educating your employees should occur regularly to keep up with the latest technology. Maybe add this training to the enrolment process?

 

Bandicoot: IT Support Burnley

Here at Bandicoot, we can transform your cyber security through our web services. Not only will you have less downtime, but you’ll stay connected, meaning an increase in productivity and engagement.

With a range of three different IT support packages, we can highlight your workplace pain points/solutions and offer you web support to suit your needs. Besides offering web support we can also host and maintain your website, so you can focus more on running your business than this nitty-gritty stuff.

Our clients trust us to take care of everything, so they can get on with their day-to-day jobs. Check out our case studiestestimonials and Google reviews to see for yourself!

 

Contact Us

Take the proactive measure this year and protect your business. Contact Bandicoot today, to figure out which IT Support services best suit your business. You can call us on 01282 506 616 or email us directly at info@bandicoot.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!