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20 Ways on How To Avoid Cyber Attacks

Cyber Attacks are on the rise for companies that do not follow the rules of modem day computer security, so when we hear about another Cyber Attack, and Cyber Attacks are becoming common.

Most Cyber Attacks start with Malware that has infected a computer or a network device, for commercial and corporate companies that have many IT systems and many bespoke software applications running, then the risk is much greater than a small business that might only use say Microsoft Cloud or use Microsoft 365 or has invested in what is known as software as a service SAAC. Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace are examples of a SAAC use of the cloud.

  1. Emails and text messages are one of the ways that a company can face a Cyber Attack, and a lack of common sense and staff training is needed to educate an office workforce, and a new remote and hybrid workforce.
  2. Stop using Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 7 now and for Apple use MacOS High Sierra or later.
  3. Google has one of the best cloud systems for security with Google Chromebooks and Google Chrome Flex OS, but Android Smartphones are a worry to use vs Apple iPhones.
  4. Take a Xero Trust attitude on emails and text messages that seem odd,
  5. The best action just delete the message or email message.
  6. Find out about Endpoint Protection. Think Symantec Endpoint protection via Broadcom , Sophos, McAfee, Microsoft, Trend Micro, CrowdStrike, Apple Platform Security, Jamf with Jamf Theat Protection for Apple devices.
  7. Plan ahead for a possible Cyber Attack, have some kind of action plan.
  8. Do you have a Guest Wi-Fi network for visitors that need to use your network?
  9. Software control. Have a policy and a system to stop staff installing software.
  10. USB and memory sticks are a high risk for any company, USB memory stick and external storage scanning is critical.
  11. Having an application hosted from the cloud is one of the best ways to ensure that you company data and security is intact.
  12. Passwords, if you must use passwords, then make sure that they are used with two factor authentication to a trusted smartphone, or to an email account that does not get spam or junk email messages.
  13. If you use an email account from Google, Outlook, Yahoo, that has a high level of junk email and spam, do not use the email account.
  14. Never mix the use of a work email account with a personal email account.
  15. If you need to use the same computer for work, and for personal use, then have a computer account, for work and for personal, keeping email accounts and data totally separate.
  16. Fake Mobile Phone Towers are popular in China, and in Russia, active threat actors operate 24 /7 36 days a year.
  17. Do not use public Wi-Fi unless you want to introduce a threat actor into your premises.
  18. Backup, Backup, Backup. The best way to make it hard work for a Cyber Attack to work is to Backup, and have a robust backup policy in place.
  19. Ask or tell your website hosting company or email service provider to tell you how your website and email is protected against a Ransomware Attack.
  20. Read our Information if you need to know about how to Apple Cloud services work regarding Mac Ransomware.

The Google search term on โ€œHow to avoid Cyber Attacks, is rather low, most companies and businesses, take the attitude that it will not happy to their company, or that they trust the IT support team to have put in place IT systems to make a company safe and to minimise the risk or a Cyber Security Attack.

At Keith Thomas, even if our computes get hacked, or we get a total data loss, we do not care, as Cyber Security is part of our DNA, we expect to have a threat actor as either one of our clients or we expect to get an email message or a text message from a threat actor, and we have a one-hour recovery time response and action if needed.

How can I home Apple Mac computer user or a home Windows 11 pc computer protect their Home IT system?

Most of the Endpoint solutions are of course designed for companies, and corporate companies, however for an end user at home, or for a small business, then avoiding a Cyber Attack or a computer ransomware attack need to be part of a home user computer security strategy. You can do a few easy steps today to secure a home computer network.

  1. Use a trusted DNS service provider like Google, Cisco Umbrella, Cloud Fire, this is done by editing your home broadband router or your home mesh Wi-Fi network with a better DNS service provider, most home users that use BT Broadband, or EE, or Virgin Media in the UK, are using the DNS server from their internet service provider, there main focus is money and revenue and not security and computer security.
  2. Do a Apple MacOS Malware computer check on Apple Mac computers.
  3. If you are using an Apple Mac computer that is say 2010 or older, then take the computer off the internet now.
  4. For Microsoft Windows PC computer that are used in a home network Do not use Windows 3.1, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows PC computers are low-cost items to buy a Windows pc computer with an 10th, 11th, 12th generation Intel Pentium Gold Microprocessor desktop pc or laptop computer using Windows 11 gives the best protection.
  5. If you have an older PC computer or an older Apple Mac computer then why not make the computer 100% safe with Google Chrome Flex OS and use Google Workspace for Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Photos, Google Meet, and other Google cloud services.
  6. Review your network hardware if you have any network hardware that is more than 5 or 6 years old it might be a weak point in your home network or office network, for example an older wireless access point setup a long time ago using weak WEP security vs a newer wireless access point that can support WPA2 and the newer WPA3 wireless network password encryption authentication.
  7. Keep MacOS and all of your Apple devices up to date.
  8. For Windows 10 and Windows 11 pc computers make sure that Windows 10 and Windows 11 says no more updates are available.
  9. Key point Mac and PC Malware get into a computer via a bogus email message, or a text message link, or by sideloading software on PC and MacOS.
  10. Never allow BT or anyone that telephones you to say that your pc or Apple Mac computer is slow, or that your broadband has not been paid, this is a scam and will most likely allow Malware and a computer virus to be introduced into your home or home office network.
  11. Review all of your website bookmarks and remove any website links that you do not use.
  12. Have a home user and Backup Plan in Place for PC computers at home look at Macrium Reflect Software, and for Apple Mac use Apple Time Machine and Apple cloud services.

One of the best ways on how to avoid a cyber-attack, is to spend time researching the subject and topic, from a trusted company, if you get a response from a computer reseller saying that all you need is an anti-virus software application, then walk away, as Malware and Cyber Security threats are on the rise.