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There's no patch for stupidity

Last week I hosted a VERY interesting cyber security webinar with Francis West from Westtek and learnt some VITAL things that I have already actioned to protect myself from cyber fraud.

Here are just some of the stats that Francis shared to help us understand the threat:

  • Every 19 seconds there is a UK business being cyber attacked.

  • You are 9 x more likely to be a victim of a cyber-attack than a burglary.

  • 83% of small & medium sized businesses are not financially prepared to recover from a cyber-attack.

Francis made a statement that stuck with me … ‘there’s no patch for stupidity’. Now this may sound a bit harsh, but the truth is there are some really basic things we can and should do to protect ourselves from this massive threat. And most of us haven’t or simply don’t know about them.

Normally we don’t share webinar recordings outside our membership and partners, but I want to share this particular webinar recording with you as it’s VITAL we all have a better understanding of the threat facing us and take action.

A couple of tips that Francis shares (amongst a wealth of data, stories, tips and suggestions) include:

  • A quick and easy way to protect WhatsApp … by enabling 2-step verification – Francis talks you through how to do this … Matt Hancock would have been well advised to follow this tip!

  • How to protect your mobile phone – by adding a SIM PIN. Think what would happen if someone got hold of your phone. If you’re like me, you pretty well run your whole life via your phone … contacts, email, calls, messages, banking, accessing other online accounts etc.

  • The importance of having separate WIFI for guests/children/visitors to your business/home … and some scary stories about children downloading games software that then maliciously infects the network.

  • How we can improve our password security (and a brilliant demonstration showing us how a 1-word password can be hacked in seconds whereas a 4-word password would basically take 600 trillion years to hack.

Look, Francis shared so much information and so many great tips.

Please, please, please … do yourself a favour and watch the recording … and share it with those responsible for security in your firm.

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