With digital transformation, most companies not only have online presence, but also want to leverage technologies to optimize the user experience, whether the end customer or the corporate customer.

However, most security incidents start with some user mistake. Some mistakes are so simple that users believe it’s hard to leave their inadequate habits to use digital resources more safely.

Therefore, promoting a culture of information and awareness is very important.

We gathered some tips that can be shared with your corporate users to further increase the security during their personal access, while also avoid exposing corporate data to cybercrime. Check below what are our recommendations:

 

Strong passwords

 

(Stolen) system credentials are a frequent way cybercriminals can get access to confidential and sensitive information. Therefore, it is extremely important to use strong passwords: the longer the better, built with uppercase and lowercase, numbers and special characters. It is also important to use different passwords in each system, e-mail, social network etc. because if a cybercriminal gets access to that credential, they can get access to multiple accounts.

 

Be wary with extravagant deals

 

Be wary of promotions received by email or mobile. Frequently criminals use such ways to gain access to sensitive consumer information, such as a credit card number, social security number, family name, address etc. These scams are usually targeted, i.e., the scammer may already possess some personal information and could use them to induce an individual to reveal more valuable information or even to extort the victim.

 

Avoid free Wi-Fi

 

Many people think that free Wi-Fi access has more secure connection than a 4G connection. But just because these connections are public, it is difficult to ensure that they do not have vulnerabilities that can be exploited maliciously. In many cases, a hacker can create a Wi-Fi network or monitor public networks to get various types of data from the connected device.

 

Avoid free VPNs

 

VPN connection creates a tunnel that protects with encryption the data that travels from the sender to the other side. And for that end there are free VPN providers. However, like free Wi-Fi, free VPN are not entirely secure. If one of these tunnels is intercepted, the attacker will have easy access to the data during transit.

 

Implement a security solution

 

This tip goes to the IT staff. All the tips above are extremely relevant and should be adopted right away.

However, despite all the tips for protecting personal access, the user remains the weakest link.

That’s why you need to adopt a technology that not only raises the level of security of your environment, it will ease the work of the entire IT team by making traffic management easier and enabling a higher level of productivity within the company.

If your company is an SMB, you will find great advantages in using a control such as BLOCKBIT UTM that unifies multiple layers of protection into a single device. Large corporations can better adapt to solutions such as Next Generation Firewall.

The most important is always to use technology to protect your users and data.