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Some Cyber Security Basics from a Network Security Expert

June 15th, 2017 , Jeffrey Hodnett Security, network, hacking

Whether its the Russians or the brand social media page that goes sideways, hacking hasn't been this hot since "War Games"

war-games1.jpgAs digital marketing professionals, we spend most of the day online - at our desks, on our phones (and when we get home, on our tablets - much to the chagrin of our significant others) When you spend that much time online, you've likely had that moment when you have clicked .. "uh-oh...where is this taking me...and scrambled to shut down you device before all heck broke loose.

As digital marketing professionals, we spend most of the day online - at our desks, on our phones (and when we get home, on our tablets - much to the chagrin of our significant others) When you spend that much time online, you've likely had that moment when you have clicked .. "uh-oh...where is this taking me...and scrambled to shut down you device before all heck broke l

And since it seems all the rage to get hacked these days, Brian Lowy <a href="https://twitter.com/brianlowy">@brianlowy, a friend and former colleague (and internet security guru at AT&T) recently posted the following tips on his Facebook page. (I asked him for permission to share.) These may sound like common sense, but spend 2 minutes reading them and you could save yourself a headache (and your data and ultimately your $$).

Internet Security Tips from an Expert

1) Your web browser can not detect viruses on your system! If you get an alert on a web page saying you have a virus(s) just close it down and make sure you have software such as Malwarebytes . If you're really worried pay for the premium version.

2) Your web browser does not know if you have to upgrade your window licenses and Microsoft will never call you or alert you in this manner. If you have not done so upgrade to Windows 10 , it is fast, free, easy and far more secure.

3) Back up your data to the cloud! I use one drive because it is cheap and easy to use and they have apps for everything. It sits like a drive on your computer so it looks like local files, plus I can have it sync with my iPhone so every pic gets immediately uploaded to the cloud ,and a lost phone becomes a non issue. But there are others like Google Drive etc that are just as good. Apple Icloud will back up your data too , but you can't access the content on line.

4) Don't panic! if you do get infected , take you computer to the Microsoft store, they will clean it for you and even upgrade you to 10 for free. If you have a Mac you are still at risk , but I don't believe they will recover you for free.

5) This one has been said many times but do not click on a link you don't know, mouse over first and see where it is taking you . make sure it is domain you know. if the URL ends in php. stay away! ( you can also cut and paste it into word pad or something similar and see the source code)

6) Also, when it comes to using a flash drive, take your mother's advice and don't plug it into your system if you don't know where it has been.

Hopefully, this should all be things you know and are doing daliy, but maybe its a good refresher that will help keep you, your machine and your network clean and safe.