Last year witnessed a huge increase in data breaches, from hackers attacking websites such as Ashley Madison and TalkTalk to viruses and malware sending personal data to other users as with W H Smiths. The UK Government report has even stated that 90% of large organisations and 74% of small businesses had reported that they had suffered a security breach, up from 81% and 60% respectively in 2014.With some companies not even announcing the data breach until weeks after the fact, what can you do to limit the chances of your data being bought by the highest bidder.
Create a complicated password. It may have been said a thousand times before, but its true. Generally hackers are not a single person hunched over a laptop in their room, trying over and over again to crack your password to gain access to your data. Instead it is a computer programme that will try to crack your password for access. We all know that computers can work faster than humans, so for brute force attacks it is best to have a complicated password. This will make it harder for the programme to guess your password using a series of trial and error. Try to use a password or phrase that includes capital and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. With WebBoss we automatically block users who have failed to use the correct login details after three tries. You can then always call or email us to unblock your site if this has been a mistake.
If you have multiple online accounts use a password manager, this way you can have a different password for each account without having to remember them all! Whilst LastPass may have suffered a data breach this year it was not clear if any data was taken as all passwords are heavily encrypted. You don’t even need to spend a penny to help increase the safety of your online accounts. Why not have a look here to see what you could get for free? http://uk.pcmag.com/password-managers-products/39332/guide/the-best-free-password-managers-for-2015
Use a reputable anti-virus software. At the office we use Avast! But any form of antivirus software will be able to reduce the chances of your data being stolen. A wide range of computer viruses, malware and ransomware can find its way onto your computer. If you are not protected it could run riot with your personal data. You should have antivirus software on every device that you connect to the internet with. Need a bit more choice? Check out this top 15 of antivirus software and select the one that is right for you. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/security/best-antivirus-for-pc-laptop-2015-2016-uk-free-3263332/
It is always important to ensure that your data is safe, that is why we allow you to control your brute force attack settings. If that wasn’t enough, if someone attempts to sign in to your account incorrectly, 3 times in a row, their IP address will be blocked from accessing your account. If this has been a mistake, just email us and we can swiftly unblock your IP to give you access once more.