10 Cyber Security Tips to Help You Sleep in Peace at Night

10 Cyber Security Tips

When it comes to cyber security, sometimes it won’t matter how expensive or effective the security tools you’ll have in place just to protect your network. There’s no way you’ll be able to predict the type of damage a careless user can create. The war that rages on against cyber criminals happens every time users open or click on unfamiliar links, and the smallest of mistakes can result in the loss of extensive data (or money).

Let’s cover some basic guidelines you should take into consideration when using the internet:

  1. Be aware that any user who accesses the net can become a target to certain online threats. Don’t be too complacent to think you’re too smart to be a target that it will never happen to you.
  2. Maintain this password ‘etiquette’. Make it a habit to use strong passwords, with a combination of alphanumeric characters and symbols. Also, avoid using one password for a number of sites. Avoid writing down your passwords on post-it-notes or anywhere else that a passer-by could easily obtain them.
  3. Your devices should not be left unattended. If you need to leave your tablet, phone, or computer for even a few minutes, it should always be locked so that no one can have access to it. Do not store sensitive data or information on your external hard drive or flash drive, otherwise make sure you lock these devices as well.
  4. Be mindful when deciding to open a link or attachment in an email. If it is too suspicious and unexpected, do not open it!10 Cyber Security Tips
  5. Your online transactions like shopping and banking, where you usually give out PINs and financial details, must only be done on your devices and your trusted network. Remember that free WiFi spots, public computers or even a friend’s phone can place your sensitive data at risk of either being stolen or copied.
  6. Back up your data on a regular schedule and make sure you are always using up-to-date anti-virus software.
  7. Always remember that Malware is usually spread from infected external hard drives, flash drives or even smartphones. You should think twice before you plug it into your devices or computers especially if it’s not yours.
  8. Be very smart on sharing any personal info on the social networks you use. Criminals can easily befriend an unsuspecting user (and it could be you) and thereby gain entry into your detailed and descriptive information such as when you usually go out on vacation, your workplace and when you are not home.  Don’t make it too easy for them to abuse you.
  9. When offline, you should still have to be aware of social engineering, where criminals will try to gain certain information by way of manipulation. If a person emails or calls you and asks for sensitive info, it is alright (and safest!) to say NO. It is also advisable to call companies directly in order to verify their credibility and credentials before you give out any information.
  10. You should actively monitor your accounts. If anything is unfamiliar or suspicious this could be a sign that the account has been compromised.

10 cyber security tips - trustYour PC, online banking and other security credentials should never be shared with anybody else. You have to be smarter than cyber criminals. If in doubt, there’s always information and guidance available online. Unfortunately, unscrupulous companies and individuals will continue to target the general public, because they can produce a significant amount of income even from very low “success rates” of each scam.

Managed Firewall Solutions to Protect Your Business


Most small to medium sized businesses owners don’t think about managed firewall solutions. They’re like you – already busy with the operational side of running their organisations. From finding new clients to invoicing their existing ones, dealing with customer and staff issues, trying to make payroll and handling their tax obligations. Network security is often the last thing on their minds!

So what is a managed firewall and why should you care?

Benefits of Managed Firewalls

Managed firewall companies can protect your business 24×7 while you are free to focus on your core business. Just as you’d pay an accountant to do your books for you (unless you’re an accounting firm!) and a cleaning company to clean your office (unless you’re a cleaning company!) it also makes sense to trust specialised experts to manage your IT security.

After all, if you want to manage your own internal network firewall, you’ve got to hire, manage and train high-salary-demanding network engineers. To support your office around the clock, you’ve got to hire enough staff to manage multiple shifts – including (to use an IT term) – redundancy, in case one of your staff is sick or needs time off. This means you’re looking at a minimum of 4 staff to adequately cover the duties of keeping your firewall and related cyber security services operational. With an average wage of $100,000 you’re looking to invest $400k right off the bat!

Managed firewalls help you avoid this massive cost blowout. The managed firewall company will leverage their own resources across multiple accounts like yours, to reduce your costs for protecting your business from cyber attacks and internal threat.

Managed Firewall Maintenance

Just like your desktop and laptop computers, it’s not enough to simply purchase a firewall service and leave it be. If you’ve purchased a firewall device off the shelf from a firewall provider, you’ll also have to make sure it’s updated with security patches and operating system updates. Otherwise you’ll be leaving your system vulnerable to attack from cyber criminals who aim to exploit security holes in outdated software code.

By engaging a managed firewall provider however, you don’t have to consider this activity – it will be included in your monthly maintenance program.

This means you can simply pay your monthly invoice and know you’re in good hands!

Levels of Network Security

Not all cloud managed firewalls are made equal, so it pays to do your homework before committing to any one solution. Some firewalls will simply block suspect traffic, while others will be able to automatically scan all incoming and outgoing documents.

Obviously the price you’ll pay will vary according to the features you need. Then it becomes a business decision to weigh up the costs vs the benefits you expect to see for that investment.