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Cybersecurity more important than ever with Russian Aggression against the Ukraine

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With Russia's unprovoked attack on the Ukraine and the resulting war, President Biden has advised that all businesses, including small businesses, do their due diligence with securing their IT infrastructure.

As your trusted IT provider and managed services partner, you can count on pim to aggressively protect you from cybersecurity threats with Sophos's Advanced MTR.

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According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), there are currently no specific or credible cyberthreats to the U.S. Homeland at this time. However, you and your team should remain vigilant when it comes to being aware about IT security.

 

Top 5 tips for Being Cyber Vigilant:

 

Don't give out your personal information. 

Avoid online phishing scams attempting to get your personal information. Keep your private information just that: private. Don’t give out your phone number, social security information, or banking information to someone you don’t know. learn more about pim phishing campaigns!

 

Create Complex Passwords

pim recommends you create a password with at least 12 characters, comprised of letters, numbers, and symbols. This will increase the time it takes for a hacker to guess your password. Consider also using password managers to create and keep track of your passwords so that each password for each account is unique.

Make sure to also update your passwords often. pim recommends updating your passwords at least every 90 days. One of the easiest ways hackers get your information is by getting a batch of usernames and password combinations from one source and trying those same combinations elsewhere. 

Check Link and Website Reliability

Before you purchase anything on a website or input your credit card information, ensure that it is safe. You can do this by checking if it has a small lock icon or “https” before the URL. 

The “s” in “https” stands for secure and the lock means it is confirmed as a safe site by your browser.

Be careful of websites or emails containing suspicious links. Some websites may use quizzes, coupons, freebies, or scandalous stories to get you to click on them and then steal your personal information.

 

Keep Your Computer Updated and Monitor App Permissions

Software companies and computer developers release updates to keep their products safe. Keep your device software up to date so that it is not vulnerable to malware. Learn the privacy settings for any device, app or service that you may use. Some applications will ask for permission to access photos or location or other personal information. Stay informed so that you aren’t unintentionally sharing more than you intend.

Be Cautious With Public Wi-fi

Be careful when you use public Wi-Fi. When accessing public networks, anyone can use unsecured networks to distribute malware and access private information. Only connect to private networks whenever possible, especially when handling your company’s sensitive information.

The team at pim will continue to monitor this global event alongside existing cyberthreats. For further recommendations, we suggest reviewing the Shields Up site created by CISA and pim's tips for IT security with your team.


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