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What are the Common Cyber Threats & How to Prevent Them - Part 2

Cyber attacks are on the rise, and they represent serious threats to businesses and national security. As such, it is essential that you understand the most common cyber attacks. Here's the second and final part of our post:

Tips to Avoid Cyber Attacks

Keep Software & Hardware Systems Up to Date

Ensure that all software and hardware systems are always updated to the latest versions or patches. Software or security patches can resolve various vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. In addition, of course, update the software and hardware regularly. This is a good practice to maintain, as well as to do a system check and repair.

Use Strong Passwords

Computer and other forms of electronic systems can be secured only by strong passwords. Choose passwords that are difficult to guess and change them regularly.

Keep Your Firewall Up to Date

Firewalls are devices or software that help prevent unauthorised access to the system and its data. They can be hardware or software, and they are used to filter the incoming and outgoing requests to a computer or computer network.

Firewalls are designed to monitor the communication such that malicious attacks can be prevented and controls can be placed over the authorised communication.

Use Encryption

Encryption is the process of encoding a message or information in such a way that only authorised parties can access it, and those who are not authorised cannot. Encryption is based on a key, which is a secret piece of information that the sender and the receiver share.

The most important method of encryption is public key infrastructure (PKI), which uses a combination of public and private encryption keys. This method protects data by encrypting it, and only authorised parties can decrypt the message. There are various types of encryption, including symmetric key encryption, asymmetric key encryption, and hash-based message authentication code (HMAC) encryption.

Use Anti-virus Software

Anti-virus software or application is software that protects a computer from various types of malicious software. There are various types of malicious software, including viruses, spyware, adware, Trojan horses, worms, and bots.

The anti-virus software is installed on the computer or network and can detect and remove malicious software, including known or unknown threats. Anti-virus software can be integrated with other security components of a computer system or network to provide an in-depth defence strategy.

Make Backups

Backups are the process of making copies of data, software, or other types of files to preserve the original data if it is lost due to computer crashes or other reasons.

Backups are important to secure data in the case that the data is lost due to a computer crash or other reasons. Backups can be internal or external, and they can be either simple or automated.

In a Nutshell

It can be difficult to deal with the risks of cyberattacks. However, it is important to do all you can to protect yourself and your business from these threats. And when you do get attacked, it’s important to have protection for your business.

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