1. Verify the URL is safe. Many browsers have a little padlock in the URL bar. If the padlock is closed, the URL is safe. If it’s open, you may want to avoid the site.
2. Verify the URL is accurate. Many scammers register fake websites using misspelled URLs or extra numbers to look like the real deal. If the URL looks odd, it’s probably a scam.
3. Use a secure web browser. Firefox and Chrome, for example, always navigate to HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) websites. These websites are more secure than their HTTP
4. Don’t click suspicious links or attachments. Never click a link if you can’t verify it first. In fact, it’s better to delete any e-mail you don’t recognize.
5. Always bookmark authentic websites. When you bookmark real websites, you never have to worry about mistyping or clicking scam links.
6. Rely on a password manager. It’s hard to remember strong passwords, but with a password manager, you don’t have to. Never use a bad password again!
7. Use the official mobile apps for online stores. If you download the official app of your favorite online stores, such as Amazon or eBay, you don’t have to worry about accidentally navigating to a scam website. Just make sure the app is verified by Google or Apple. Lifehacker, Nov. 19, 2019.
TOP TIPS FOR SCALING SECURITY FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
Put a greater emphasis on passwords. As businesses grow and adopt more technologies, such as cloud-based apps and mobile apps, they also have to deal with more passwords. The more passwords employees have to remember, the less likely they are to have strong passwords and the more likely they are to use the same password for everything. Another problem is password sharing. A team of people may share a single license for a piece of software, which means they share a single password. Password managers like LastPass can save a lot of hassle while still protecting your accounts, and many password managers are scalable.
Rely on multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA adds another layer of security on top of firewalls and malware protection. It’s like adding an extra password on top of your existing password, though only you can enter it. However, some employees skip MFA because it adds extra steps to the login process. But an extra 15 seconds to log in is worth it for the security. There are many MFA options available for different-sized businesses. Make it a part of your cyber security policy. Small Business Trends, Nov. 1, 2019.
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