Reading through social media, reddit, etc, I have seen the question asked, "Do we need an antivirus anymore?" So I thought it would be good to have a "back to the basics" of security that businesses need to have for the bare minimum in cybersecurity

  1. Use a strong password that is unique to your account. Do NOT use the same password for multiple sites. I highly recommend a Password Management tool such as Keeper. Not only does it allow me to have unique passwords, it checks if they have been breached, been used elsewhere, and ensures they only go on the sites they are supposed to.
  2. Update your software regularly, including your operating system, web browsers, and third-party applications. Most threats exploit known vulnerabilities in software that could had been prevented if patching were done properly.
  3. Install anti-virus software on all of your devices and keep it up to date and make sure you have visibility. Anti-virus is no good if it is only on half of your computers. Also, you need to know if it is actively blocking threats.
  4. Use two-factor authentication whenever possible. Enable it on every website if possible but if there is one place you need it, it is your email. On most websites, all a hacker needs is access to your email and the "forgot password" to successfully take over or access your web accounts. Not to mention it is easier to phish other employees from within the organization.
  5. Be aware of phishing scams and other online threats. Your weakest link is your employees. Make sure they are trained on what to click and what not to click. Take it a step further and test them with a Anti-phishing campaign to see who is clicking on what they shouldn't.

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