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How to avoid dangerous websites

Use the built-in search engine filters

Many modern search engines provide a way to do a ‘safer’ search when using their search engine.  As an example, Google allows users to toggle on or off a ‘safe search filtering’ option at the Advanced Search page.

Not only do these built-in filters work well, but they are free!

Use an Internet security filter

If you want use something that is always active and watching over your (or your family members’) entire time browsing the web, there are many internet filters that you can purchase and download online.  These ‘always on’ filters work by providing warnings when a user attempts to access a site which has been deemed questionable by the filtering software.  This type of filter is great way for parents to help keep their web browsing children safe online.

Don’t guess a website’s address

This is probably the number one way people accidentally find themselves at a questionable, or even dangerous, website.  For example, have you ever guessed the White House’s website at whitehouse.com (DON’T!)?  It does not take you to the website of the United States President’s residence.  Many clever malicious people purposely purchase URL’s that are extremely similar to legitimate website URL’s in hopes of getting unsuspecting prey to their malware-ridden websites.   If you are not 100% sure of the URL for a site you wish to visit then do not type it in.  Instead, type your guessed URL into a search engine like google.com, using the safe search option if you want to be extra careful.  You can then click to the legitimate site from the search results.

Never click on sites that seem questionable

This one is pretty simple.  If something doesn’t look or ‘feel’ right about a website or link then just don’t go there or click the link.  Again, this is a great time to use a search engine to verify the website or link.

Make Web safety a priority

If you aren’t paying attention to what you are doing online, it only takes a few seconds to accidentally end up somewhere you really don’t want to, or worse – infected.  Simply staying alert and paying attention to what links you are clicking online is one of the easiest, most effective ways to say online.

Contact NCGIT today to learn about the business-class solutions we offer to keep your employees and business safe online!

Improve IT Security

We live in a world where data breaches and hacks are almost a daily news headline, so IT security is vital. The majority of businesses handle customer information, meaning that one weak password could be the ticket for it all to be exposed and in the wrong hands. Ultimately, this type of breach makes trust with your customers virtually non-existent.

Here are few tips to compliment your company toolbox to enhance your business security.

#1 A STRONG PASSWORD

The reality of using short memorable dictionary words is no longer an option if you want security. Want business security? Stop using dictionary words they are ridiculously easy to crack.  Brute-force attacks are becoming more successful as time goes on.

Start by using a password generator:  https://www.dashlane.com/password-generator/ By default, it gives you a 15-character phrase that looks nothing like plain English.

#2 SHAKE IT UP

If the thought of having a different password for each service makes you feel overwhelmed, manage them with an application. There are a number of reputable password managers out there. Here are just a few:  DashLane (free/premium option) or LastPass (free/premium option). It’s also wise to regularly change your passwords; once a month is a decent interval. The 20 minutes you’ll spend updating your credentials for all the services you use will more than pay for themselves.

Make a 20-minute date with yourself, put it on your calendar to update your passwords monthly. Taking this time to update your passwords regularly is an excellent ROI.

#3 THE TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION ROUTE

You know you have done it, skipped over this added measure when setting up your e-mail account or bank account, we have all done it.  DON’T! This security measure puts an extra step in place and is an efficient way to rebuff remote access. WHY DO I NEED THIS? You have your number on file with your bank account and they will send you a verification code via text when a hacker attempts to log into your account from a different IP address.  If you are vacationing and it was you, then you can enter the code and all is well. For a hacker to access this account, they would have to have access to your phone.

Now is the critical time to find an IT partner that will protect all of your devices.

At NCGIT, we are focused on building strategic partnerships with each client while addressing their IT needs. If you’d like to learn more about what NCGIT can do for you, please contact us at (781)297-7590 or info@ncgit.com.