Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Staying Safe on Safer Internet Day
Held on Tuesday 6th February 2018, this year’s Safer Internet Day helps to remind us that as fantastic a resource the internet has become, lapses in security and privacy still cause a need for greater care and concern.
To look at the progression that internet has made over the past few decades is truly remarkable. From a simple web page created in 1990 to the gigantic encyclopedia it has become today, advancements in technology doesn’t come without its risks unfortunately however. During 2017, a study revealed that 46% of British businesses discovered at least one cyber security breach or attack in the past year, with this figure higher for medium and larger sized businesses. With this alarmingly high statistic, the dangers of cybercrime are becoming an increasing threat to corporations and even the regular consumer. So how can you best protect yourself whilst surfing the web and using digital devices during Safer Internet Day?
Back Up Your Data
If you’ve heard the recent news regarding attacks from ‘ransomware’ and other computer nasties, then you’ll know about the devastating impact they can cause to confidential information and private files. External Hard Drives and USB Memory Storage like the Integral 8GB Crypto Encrypted USB Flash Drive can make all the difference in being able to recover files and items missing or damaged during a cyber attack or when exposed to any number of computer viruses. For added security, memory devices with encryption technology don’t only protect you online, but also protects your data from falling into the wrong hands in the home or the workplace too.
Lock Up Your Laptop
Whilst Safer Internet Day relates mainly to what takes place on the World Wide Web, you shouldn’t dismiss dangers in the place you work or when travelling on the go. Theft is one of the most common forms of crime to take place in the world, with laptops the most popular device to be stolen. According to recent statistics, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds with 1 in 10 of these being business provided devices. Laptop and PC Security items like the Kensington Portable Combination Laptop Lock means that should your laptop be stolen, thieves won’t be able to get in. Should you need to leave your desk for an important meeting, a laptop lock can be anchored to any desk, table or fixed structure to provide you with a better peace of mind of your laptop’s whereabouts.
Keep Your Screen Private
Reading and storing confidential information on business provided devices can be tricky. Whilst we may not want to air any suspicion on the people we work or come into contact with, prying eyes could be likely to view crucial business data that can later be stolen or used against companies. When asked, over 75% of employees said they don’t use a privacy guard or visibility protection when working remotely in a public place, further exposing themselves to would be snoops and fraudsters. The Post Office Shop has a great range of Screen and Privacy Filters available, such as the Fellowes 14in Privascreen Privacy Filter Widescreen. With simple and sturdy tab fixings, the filter can be attached and removed with ease and even contains protection for the screen itself should you have any unfortunate mishaps.