Midessatech has been in the information technology business for over a decade. Back when we were all on dial up, we were at the forefront of broadband deployment and technical innovation in West Texas and we still are today. We are results oriented and focus on making technology serve you so you can do what you do best.
Today I had the pleasure of speaking on air with NewsWest9's Roxanna Rubio about Cyber Security and passwords.
In light of recent news on hacking Midessatech has compiled a short list of tips for protecting yourself online.
PASSWORDS: The new standard for password complexity is 12 characters or more a combination of letters numbers and special characters. This can be hard to remember and complicated but here are a couple tricks to help you out. Put a significant event with a date and special characters in your password. For example: In1984IworeCowboyboot$ Another example would be a favorite car: Idrovemy1976fiat2school!
One thing you notice about these passwords they put capitalization in the middle as well as the punctuation and special characters. This is another recommendation from Top Security Experts not putting your capitalization or your punctuation at the end, but somewhere in the middle. Length is strength! The longer your password is the better, length is more secure than complexity.
BACKUP: The biggest threat we have seen in recent months has been RANSOMWARE. It is a type of virus that scrambles your data and encrypt it making it completely unusable and less you pay the "Ransom". This virus can infect all the backup drives you may have and other network drives that your computer is attached to. We recommend a strong offsite backup regimen using carbonite and portable hard drives to protect your computer data.
ANTIVIRUS: A highly rated antivirus software program is an essential part of your security regimen. It needs to be updated yearly and compared to its competition on the market to see if it is still the most effective solution. You should update and run a scan every month at least.
GOOD HABITS: A lot of hacking occurs through 'social engineering'. By sending out an email that said "I love you" back in the early 2000s the I love you virus was able to infect millions of people because everybody wants to hear 'I love you'. By exploiting human nature they get past our defenses. Be suspicious when you open attachments. Even from trusted sources. They can be compromised without the sender even knowing it. If they email a zip or exe file, be doubly sure that you don't click on it unless you absolutely know it's from a trusted source. When SHOPPING ONLINE, do your homework, make sure the link to the website is genuine and guard your private information carefully. This article from StaySafeOnline.org explains in depth.
You can read a more in-depth Cyber Security checklist here.
For a more complete CyberSecurity Accessment call Midessatech for a consultation at 432.704.2583. We have developed a 3 part PC Plan setup to protect our users that you can subscribe to. It includes security, support and offsite backup. Hackers work invisibly, just because you dont see them doesnt mean they arent attacking us every day. Be vigilant and be smart about cyber security.
Visit KWES NewsWest9 for the video Interview.
Thank you Roxanna Rubio!
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