This resource is made from a training session by Splendid Webs for Lewisham Local charities and businesses on 19th February 2019.
Cybersecurity can sound intimidating to small businesses and charities who might not feel they have the necessary expertise to manage their own IT security.
Your legal responsibilities
The key law is the Data Protection Act (1998). Every organisation is responsible for ensuring any data they hold on consumers is secure. Having security reviews and clear policies in place can help both to prevent a breach and to enable your organisation to respond quickly if the worst happens.
Keeping passwords secure is an effective way to prevent unauthorised access to your data. There are simple things you can do to help, such as changing passwords regularly and using password management tools.
- Password length is most important
- Use a combination of upper case, lower case and special characters
- Use a unique password for every site
- Make passwords hard to crack
- Use Password Management Tools such as Lastpass, Log Me In or One LogIn
- Use easily discoverable information
- Don’t give it to anyone!
- Write your password down
- Try not to use sequential information e.g. dave1, dave2, dave3
Watch our for Phishing and Fraud
Fradusters use a variety of scams to target small businesses and organisations. Never give out confidential information to someone you don’t trust. Be particularly careful with ‘out of the blue’ approaches via email or phone. Don’t open attachments from an unknown sender. Treat any payment emails with caution.
Keep your software up to date
One of the easiest and yet most overlooked way of securing your IT is ensuring that any software you have is the most recent version. Installing updates as soon as they become available makes sure your system has all the latest improvements and fixes. This makes it harder for viruses or hackers to gain access to your data. It is also a good idea to do a virus and malware sweep of your computer.
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