Can Seasonality Affect Security?

April 14, 2017//Ellen Neveux

Last Updated: November 18, 2020

It’s that time of year again. The wildflowers are blooming; the bunnies are bouncing, and the chicks are chirping. The supermarket shelves are packed with candy eggs and we’re all busily buying groceries to prepare for our Easter Sunday lunch. You may be wondering if these seasonal activities can have an impact on your security. Are you more prone to getting hacked or attacked during this time? Are your weaknesses more prevalent over these long holiday weekends?

Well, according to this article on Computer Business Review hackers could indeed ruin your Sunday roast… Basically, you can go on the premise that cybercriminals never rest. I doubt they’re thinking, ‘Oh, I’ll let everyone be safe this Easter, I won’t attack them over this time.’

If you stop and think about it, I bet some of the appliances in your home are remotely controlled by apps – and cybercriminals could gain access to these apps, leaving your sensitive data on the table. Besides personal attacks, you’ve also got to be thinking about business attacks and how to keep your organization’s data safe.

Often, apps controlled by third parties are an easy target. So, how can you ensure your security is top notch and doesn’t leave you vulnerable to attacks – both in a personal and business environment?

Let’s check out these simple steps you can take to tighten up your security this Easter-time. I like to think of these as the Four As:

  1. Awareness: Always be vigilant of your adversaries
    You might not always know ‘who’ these cybercriminals are, or ‘why’ they’re trying to target you, but you can always remain alert as to ‘what’ techniques they might be trying to implement. Be aware of the sneaky, underhanded ways they might use to gain access to your sensitive data, such as ransomware, spyware, malware, phishing, spam, Trojans, key-loggers, bait and switch – the list goes on and on. Try to educate yourself and stay on top of the latest threats, therefore reducing the chances that you’ll fall prey to any scams. By staying aware of emerging ways cybercriminals could attempt to hack you, you won’t allow them to exploit your loopholes to be able to steal your sensitive, personal data.
  2. Action: Step up your security measures
    Ensure you’ve cutting-edge technologies in place to keep your data safe and secure. Have you ever thought about securing remote access to your network? Or the risks associated with a third-party breach? Thankfully, there’s an unrivaled remote support solution that’s designed for technology providers to support their customers in highly regulated industries.
  3. Anti-virus: Install and update your security protection
    Frequently run these across your systems to help prevent malicious attacks. By inserting this layer of security, you should be able to detect and stop cybercriminals in their tracks. Cybercrime is constantly evolving, so making sure you have anti-virus software installed and up to date should help to minimize your exposure.
  4. Authentication: Create unique usernames and passwords
    This will help prevent any suspicious login attempts on your accounts. Refreshing your logins at regular intervals will reduce your risk of being hacked. Remember to keep them obscure and different for every separate login. If a hacker does try to use an old login, it won’t work, because you’ll have replaced it.

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