LeeJay Stewart

LeeJay is the Founder and Managing Director of Stratus Communications

5 Tips to Be #CyberSmart

WiFi Hotspots

Public Wi-Fi networks are NOT secure – limit what you do on public WiFi, and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and financial services. If you must connect, consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot.

Lock Down Your Login

P@s$w0rds_d0n’t_hav3_2_b_th!s_Complic@teD! Seriously, who can remember that? Make your password a passphrase.  Remember: length trumps complexity when creating a strong passphrase! Step up your passphrase game with multi-factor authentication.

Think Before You Click

Cybercriminals cast wide nets with phishing tactics, hoping to drag in victims. Tips for spotting a phish: 1) They offer financial reward, threaten you or claim to need help. 2) They ask for your personal info. 3) They want you to download a file or click on a link. Stop, take a moment, and think before you click.

Share With Care

Cybercriminals love it when you overshare on social media – they can learn all about you! Make it harder for them by avoiding posting real names, places, and home, school & work locations. Once posted, always posted. Consider this before sharing a post or photo of yourself or others.

Keep a Clean Machine

Don’t ignore that software update! Outsmart cyberthreats by regularly updating your software.  Keep all software on all internet connecting devices current. This not only improves the performance of the devices, but also improves your security.

We all have a role to play in ensuring our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone. Empower your friends, colleagues and family to Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart. For more tips and resources, check the link below or visit staysafeonline.org.

If you have questions or would like expert IT advice on how to set up a security plan for your business, feel free to contact us for assistance:: 

LeeJay Stewart
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