Strengthen your cybersecurity

14.01.21

Nowadays simply having a username and password to secure your account is not enough. More than ever, hackers are obtaining access to accounts.

More recently, cybercrime has seen a spike due to Covid-19 related attacks. This can take shape in phishing emails, so we’ve put together a few key things to look out for and our recommendations for services which can strengthen your cybersecurity.

Some questions to ask

Is the email address irregular?

Check who the email is from – do you recognise the email address, is it spelt correctly?

A hacker may use impersonation when sending an email, however there may be minor differences which set them apart. For example, @geeeks.co.uk rather than @geeks.co.uk or they will not use the company @ at all.

Is their request expected?

Hackers can come up with believable scenarios in which you need to provide your credentials or sensitive information such as your payment details. However, if you were not expecting the request, it may be best practise to check that it was them requesting the details.

Does the email use good spelling and grammar?

Often, when an email is sent out by a large company, it is thoroughly checked beforehand. Therefore, if the email contains spelling mistakes and/or poor grammar, it is likely that it is not from who it says it is.

Does the URL match?

If you suspect an email is phishing, one thing you can check is whether the URL is mismatched. Often the written URL appears valid, however if you hover your mouse over it, you should see the actual hyperlink. If the hyperlink is different, it may be suspicious.

Does the email create a sense of urgency?

Phishing emails often ask the recipient to act fast otherwise the offer will expire or action will be taken. Take your time to assess the email, if the email is alerting you to an account you have with an organisation, log in separately in a new browser or ring up using their official phone number through their website to check the claim.

Recommended Cybersecurity Features

Below are some great cybersecurity features you can get to stay safe.

Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA adds an additional layer of security above a traditional username/password, by introducing the requirement for extra mechanisms of authentication (e.g. Mobile App approval). As such accounts can be better protected against phishing and password attacks.

Did you know your Microsoft 365 account is 99.9% less likely to be compromised if you are using MFA?

Advanced Email Security

Advanced Email Security sits in front of Microsoft 365 Email, scanning web links (URLs) and attachments to detect and protect against malicious content. The service also provides improved defence against phishing and impersonation attacks.

Microsoft 365 Backup

Do you know that Microsoft 365 does not include backups?

Cloud backup for 365 is now strongly recommended. This protects you against data loss of your Email, Files and Teams within 365. Data held within Microsoft 365 (Email, SharePoint and Teams related data) can be quickly restored, in a granular way (e.g. an individual file or email). Backups are taken 3 times a day and stored in an encrypted format within a UK based datacentre.

Here at Computer Geeks we provide all these through Geeks 365 Secure which adds our recommended services and configurations to better secure your core cloud services (Exchange Email, OneDrive & SharePoint files & Microsoft Teams).

We’d love to discuss this further, give us a call on 0117 325 0370 or email info@geeks.co.uk