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Protecting Against Today's Latest Hacks

Thu, 02 Feb 2023 17:14:09 GMT
In today's digital age, hacking has become a major threat to individuals, businesses and organizations. With the increasing sophistication of cyber-attacks, it's essential to understand the latest hacking methods and how to protect against them. Here are some tips to help you stay ahead of the curve.
  1. Keep Software Up-to-Date: Regular software updates are a crucial step in protecting against the latest hacks. Software vendors often release patches to fix vulnerabilities that hackers may exploit. So, it’s important to keep your software updated at all times.  To help stay up-to-date you can subscribe to Patch Tuesday (MS patches) and Patch Monday (3rd party non-MS patches) over at UltimateITsecurity.com.
  2. Use Strong Passwords: Strong passwords are the first line of defense against hacking attempts. Use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters to create a password that's difficult to crack. Avoid using easily guessable information such as birthdates or names. Combinations such as "password123" and "asdf1234" are not secure passwords.
  3. Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring a second form of verification in addition to your password. This could be a one-time code sent to your phone or a fingerprint scan.
  4. Backup Your Data: Regular data backups can help you recover quickly if your system is hacked. Store your backups in a secure location and make sure they're encrypted.
  5. Use Antivirus Software: Antivirus software can help protect against malware and other cyber-attacks by detecting and removing harmful files. Make sure to use a reputable antivirus software and keep it updated.  Most Windows systems have built-in antivirus but if you are using a hosted solution like Office365 you may want to check your subscription to see includes any additional endpoint protection, analytics and other protection features.
  6. Be Cautious with Email Attachments: Email attachments are a common way for hackers to deliver malware. Be wary of emails from unknown sources or emails that look suspicious and never open attachments from untrusted sources.  Never click on links in emails from unknown sources.  Phishing is one of the most effective but easily prevented exploits.  End user education about smart email security best practices is worth its' weight in gold.
  7. Be Careful on Public Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi networks are often unsecured, making them easy targets for hackers. Avoid accessing sensitive information on public Wi-Fi and use a VPN to encrypt your connection.
  8. Educate Yourself: Finally, stay informed about the latest hacks and cyber-attacks. Read news articles, attend training sessions and keep up with best practices to stay ahead of the curve.
In conclusion, protecting against today's latest hacks requires a combination of technical measures and awareness. By following these tips, you can reduce your risk of being hacked and keep your personal and professional information secure.  If you are an enterprise environment and want to collect logs from all of your desktops, laptops and servers then you may want to have a look at our Supercharger product.  Supercharger can help you not only get Windows Event Collection configured in minutes but also help you manage WEC across your organization almost instantly.

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