What is a cyber attack?
A cyber attack is an attempt to disable computers, steal data, or use a breached computer system to launch additional attacks. Cybercriminals use different methods to launch cyber attacks including malware, phishing
Cybercriminals use different methods to launch cyber attacks including malware, phishing, denial of service attacks, and ransomware.
What you can do to protect yourself
Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from cyber attacks.
- Be on the lookout for suspicious links, attachments, and downloads
Malware and ransomware can be embedded in links, attachments, and downloads. Make sure a link is authentic before clicking on it.
- Create and use strong passwords
You should always use strong and long passwords that are difficult to hack. Use unique passwords, meaning a different one for each account. Passwords should be at least 8 characters in length and contain numbers, special characters, and capitalized letters.
- Use multi-factor authentication whenever possible
Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security. If a service you are using offers multi-factor authentication, use it.
- Use secure internet communications
Use sites that use “HTTPS” if you will access or provide any personal information. Don’t use sites with invalid certificates.
- Update your anti-virus software regularly
Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and updates are installed regularly.
- Report anything suspicious to your IT department
Report any suspicious emails, files, or links to your company’s IT department.