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Be Cyber Aware

Following our recent attack, we’ve partnered with the government’s Cyber Aware campaign to bring you the best advice on how to stay secure online.

Cyber security breaches are becoming an increasing threat to businesses and individuals. However, it is not just large organisations who are at risk. The Federation of Small Business’s 2016 Cyber Resilience report found that 66% of small to medium-sized businesses have been a victim of a cyber-attack in the last two years[1].

But when was the last time you downloaded the latest software and app updates that pop up on your phone? Was it last week, last year or do you avoid updates on your devices completely?

Cyber Aware recommends - as an absolute minimum – these simple steps, drawn from the National Cyber Security Centre’s technical advice, to help protect you against the risks we all face online:

Install the latest software and app updates

These updates are designed to fix weaknesses in software and apps which could be used by hackers to attack your device and steal your identity. Installing them as soon as possible helps to keep your device secure.

Use a strong, separate password for your email account

Having strong, separate passwords for your most important accounts means that if hackers steal your password for one of your less important accounts, they can’t use it to access your most important ones. A good way to create a strong and memorable password is to use three random words.

Never click on suspicious links or attachments

Don’t be tricked into giving a cyber criminal access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

We’ll be in touch with more information on staying secure online, but please do visit the Cyber Aware website for more information in the meantime https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/.