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 Jorden Lacy and Jessica Barrera
The tech industry moves at lightning speed. And cyber attacks? Hackers are five steps ahead of all of us. A security-conscious culture is standard for many companies now, but that doesn’t mean hackers can’t weasel their way past one or two methods of cyber protection.

This is why it's so important to take every precaution possible in order to protect business and customer information. Of course, there's no guaranteed way to prevent cyber attacks, but here are 5 ways to ensure you're making an A+ effort to keep your data safe.

Educate yourself and your employees on the risks

Like any good-faith effort, protecting your company from cyber attacks starts with education. Brush up on the latest cybersecurity news and trends to stay current, and inform your employees regularly with email updates and reminders. Make it known that security is a priority for your team to keep in the back of their minds at all times. When major threats are announced, take things a step further and be even more cognisant of daily employee activity.

Protect everyone's work computer and personal smartphone with an antivirus

If employees are accessing company information remotely, you can never guarantee that the network they're using is safe. Something as simple as checking a work email while connected to public WiFi at a shopping center could make company data vulnerable to cyber attacks. Keep employees protected by downloading an antivirus software, such as Norton Security Online, on any device an employee will use for work.

Create a different password for every account

We know this sounds like a pain in the rear, but using different passwords for your accounts can actually save your rear from cyber attacks at the end of the day. The good news is if you have a poor memory or hate keeping notes full of passwords, there's an app for that!
Some password management tools include:
  • LastPass
  • DashLane
  • 1Password
These tools will remember your passwords for you, helping you remain secure without the hassle.

Macs aren't immune to attacks - protect it the same way you'd protect a PC

Yes, your beautiful new macbook or iPad Pro can encounter cyber attacks too. Especially when you're working remotely from your local Starbucks or Peet's Coffee. In the past, Mac's were perceived to be safer since attackers usually went for the largest audience possible (i.e. Windows users), but things have changed. Mac's are now just as prone to cyber attacks as Microsoft devices. Fortunately, both Apple and Microsoft have beefed up security offerings in recent years.

Another great way to protect your Mac: keep your software up to date on all devices! This includes your new iPhone X (or your sentimental iPhone 5S).

Set up remote data wiping on your phone

Apple, Android and Microsoft phones all have remote wiping features that allow you to erase all data on your phone from a remote location. It’s highly recommended that you activate this feature.

You can do this for an Apple phone by simply setting up the “Find My iPhone” app on your apple device. For an Android phone you go to your Google settings and get into the “Android Device Manager,” and be sure that this feature is enabled on your device.

Shield your business from cyber attacks

While nothing is guaranteed, implementing these simple strategies should give you a good first line of defense against cyber attacks. Remember to continue your education on the latest cybersecurity trends and share the information with your employees. Also don't forget to download a powerful antivirus protection, like the reputable Norton Security Online.