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Easy tips for smarter security

Our partner KnowBe4 has put together easy tips to help you and your team stay on guard against Phishing and Social Engineering. Start making smarter security decisions today.

Email Security

  1. Always check the email ‘From’ field to validate the sender. The ‘From’ address may be spoofed.

  2. Always check for so-called ‘double-extended’ scam attachments. A text file named ‘safe.txt’ is safe, but a file called ‘safe.txt.exe’ is not.

  3. Always think before you click. Some types of cyberattacks are designed to trigger you to click impulsively by offering exclusive content.

  4. Always use the delete button with spam. Never respond or reply to spam in any way. Never unsubscribe either - unsubscribe buttons can be malware links.

  5. Always hover over links to check the destination before clicking - especially if the link is embedded (ie in a button)

  6. Always check the source before downloading files. Files that install and run as expected could still contain malware without you knowing. (e.g. .exe, .scr, .bat, .com, .dmg)

Password Security

  1. Keep your passwords private – never share a password with anyone else.

  2. Never write down your passwords to remind yourself.

  3. Use passwords of at least twelve (12) characters or more (The longer the password, the longer it will take to crack).

  4. Use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) wherever possible.

  5. We've been taught to create passwords that are actually harder for humans to remember but easy for computers to guess. Try modifying easy to remember phrases by inserting punctuation and misspellings ie Summer 22 - smmR!twnty&TW%

  6. A strong password should look like a series of random characters (including punctuation etc). Substituting look-alike characters for letters or numbers is no longer sufficient e.g. subbing @ for a or B for 8

Want to know more? Get in touch with us at Fusion to find out how you can improve your digital environment and your staff security awareness.


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