Online Risks are Increasing – is your business ready?
I want to share a few tips that can help you not only protect yourself, they can also help you understand more about social media risks. These tips will be a compilation of things from ShelleRae and her dear friend Kim Beasley sat down to chat via Google Hangout Live on online risks. Kim Beasley is a Google+ business coach, social media trainer & strategist, a Social Media Contributor to KRNV live news show, “The Forum” which can been seen week days at 11a PST with newscaster Melissa Carson hosting. She shares social media tips as a Google+ Business Coach and talks about technology.
The key to assessing risks is to understand the “ripple effect”.
When a disaster or crisis strikes the ripple effect always happens.
Imagine a pond and yourself as a pebble. A crisis is the catalyst that throws your pebble into the pond. Out flow the ripples to all the community. The ripples happen during good times, during every day times, and during crisis, emergencies and disasters. We effect others and other effect us – our lives, businesses, community, friends and family.
Online risks include-
At Crisis Prevention & Restoration we feel it’s time for some new boundaries. We encourage our client’s employees to stop allowing people to have too much information about themselves- such as their favorite pet, the street they lived on as a child, even their mother’s maiden name (all used to secure critical data) or check ins that allow someone with ill intentions to know you aren’t home.
We help our clients close data leaks and holes to lower the risk of being taken advantage of – focusing on security vulnerabilities or weaknesses – an attacker could take control of your computer. He or she could then force your computer to send huge amounts of data to a website or send spam to particular email addresses.
Of course we just mentioned a couple of risks and we can go on for a long time about varying online risks. Instead of focusing on the issues in this moment what we really want is to share some basic tools for better online security. Click for a great download – Online Risks
Be part of the solution!
Connect to a Secure Network
A secure router is one of the best initial lines of defense
Enable and Configure a Firewall
Control the flow of information between your computer and the internet
Install and Use Antivirus and Antispyware Software
Critical step in protecting your computer
Remove Unnecessary Software
The less software you have installed, the fewer avenues for potential attack
Disable Nonessential Services
Such as printer share and file share
- Modify Unnecessary Default Features
AutoRunfeature in Microsoft Windows systems was a default feature at the time of the Conficker malware and was one of the three ways computers became infected.
Operate Under the Principle of Least Privilege
Consider using a standard or restricted user account for day-to-day activities
Secure Your Web Browser
Most browsers have security setting under tools or options and all have website where one can learn to set security to a safe level.
Apply Software Updates and Enable Future Automatic Updates
Updates patch or fix vulnerabilities, flaws, and weaknesses (bugs) in software
Use Good Security Practices
- Use caution with email attachments and untrusted links.
- Use caution when providing sensitive information.
- Create strong passwords.
A few more tips for personal security – minimizing online risks:
- Lock your computer when you are away from it.
Locking your computer prevents another person from being able to simply sit down at your computer and access all of your information.
- Disconnect your computer from the Internet when you aren’t using it.
The likelihood that attackers or viruses scanning the network for available computers will target your computer becomes much higher if your computer is always connected.
- Evaluate your security settings.
If you hear of something that might affect your settings, reevaluate your settings to make sure they are still appropriate
Sometimes the threats to your information aren’t from other people but from natural or technological causes. Although there is no way to control or prevent these problems, you can prepare for them and try to minimize the damage.
- Protect your computer against power surges and brief outages.
- Back up all of your data.
We at CPR4Biz happen to like Google for this but we also use Dropbox and Evernote for documents plus additional resources for photos such as the photos on our phones and SmugMug for camera pictures.
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