Cyber ​​security: 7 tips with a checklist

The digitization of business processes is in full swing. Cyber ​​security is often neglected. Companies should absolutely maintain and update their software on a regular basis. Here are some important tips with a checklist for more cyber security.

It’s often the little things that can do great harm. Examples include opening a phishing email, neglecting program updates, or a missing virus protection program. Once the cybercriminals have found the vulnerability, that can become expensive for companies. They often block the entire IT infrastructure and demand a high ransom for the release.

Microsoft shuts down Windows 7

Therefore, companies should always remain alert. One pitfall for companies will be the shutdown of the Windows 7 operating system. The industry association Bitkom informs that Microsoft will stop the operating system from January 14, 2020. If you then do not transition to a new system, you can expect Windows 7 to become vulnerable to hacker attacks. The Windows programmers will no longer fix bugs.

Update old browsers

Outdated browsers can also be another gateway. Here, too, criminals find ways to exploit old gaps in order to access the systems of strangers. In addition, especially in the course of digitization, the manufacturers of web services and browser-based applications must ensure that the programs only run with the current versions. If you want to continue using the programs to their full extent, you should keep your browser up to date.

Pay attention to the hardware

Consumers should also take a close look when choosing a smartphone, advises the BSI. For example, in the summer of this year, Federal Office staff discovered pre-installed malware when checking devices purchased on different online marketplaces. When buying and using the Doogee BL7000, M Horse Pure 1, Keecoo P11 and VKworld Mix Plus smartphones, the BSI advises caution. “Our studies clearly show that IT devices with pre-installed malware are obviously not isolated cases. They endanger the consumers who buy these cheap smartphones, who ultimately possibly pay with their data, ”said BSI President Arne Schönbohm.

Checklist: 7 measures for more cyber security  

  1. Install firewall, virus and malware scanner and update automatically
    The first measure to counter attacks from the Internet is to install firewalls, virus and malware scanners.
  2. Change passwords regularly
    Experts advise changing passwords regularly. The longer and more complicated a password – i.e. with special characters, letters and numbers – the harder it is to crack.
  3. Keep software and browser up to date with updates
    Attackers from the Internet look for vulnerabilities in programs for their purposes. The developers try to keep an eye on these gaps and immediately close any loopholes.
  4. Disclose as little information as possible
    Social media channels in particular require all kinds of personal data. Passing this on should be considered. For example, a date of birth stolen by hackers can be used to confirm an identity by naming the associated name.
  5. Identify phishing emails
    Bait emails that criminals send look very similar to those from reputable senders these days. So-called phishing emails suggest false facts.
  6. Permanently delete data
    Anyone who sells their smartphone or computer should ensure that their data is permanently deleted. The devices are often only superficially cleaned by formatting; the data is hidden, but still findable, on the hard drive.
  7. Think about app installation
    If you install programs on your smartphone, you should not give up control of data traffic. Programs rarely need to access calendar, camera, contacts, location, microphones, phone, health data, messages, and storage.

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Ralf Johanning

Ralf Johanning studied political science and works as a freelance journalist. For over ten years now he reports on the transportation and logistics industry. The priorities include topics such as telematics, software, and ICT. In 2006 the trained editor, Head, and Press Officer founded the editorial office Alte Schule with his partner Ann-Christin Wimber.

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