Don’t change your password

Don’t change your password

Possibly not the advice you were expecting from your IT support company.

After all, haven’t you been told for a long time to change your password on a regular basis?

Well, that advice changed in April. Microsoft previously advised all passwords were changed every 60 days. Now it says that’s no longer necessary.

In fact, it called the practice “an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value”.

Wow!

And no wonder, really. In our experience, we saw people just using different versions of the same weak password – Fluffy1, Fluffy2, Fluffy3 etc.

As cyber security experts, our advice now is to:

  1. Use a random password generator to set long passwords made up of gobbledegook characters
  2. Use a password manager to keep track of these passwords, and fill them in for you
  3. Make sure you use multi-factor authentication – where you prove it’s you by launching an app on your phone and getting a login code

These 3 simple steps alone can make a dramatic difference to the cyber security of most businesses.

Certainly a lot more than changing your password every couple of months.

Would you like us to review your current email setup and make some recommendations?

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at hello@crosstek.co.uk to arrange a time to talk.

72% haven’t done it yet

72% haven’t done it yet

This doesn’t make for comfortable reading.

The latest data shows that 72% of UK organisations still fall short of their GDPR requirements.

That’s 18 months after the legislation became law.

Oops.

GDPR compliance is essential for businesses of all sizes. No matter how big or small, you’ve got to get your data protection together.

The ICO has plenty of help here: https://ico.org.uk

We can help with the data security aspect of GDPR. It’s a speciality of ours. Making sure your data is very unlikely to be breached or stolen.

Call us on 01732 617744 to talk, or drop us a line at hello@crosstek.co.uk..

Email is your greatest tool. And biggest threat

Email is your greatest tool. And biggest threat

Do you know how much cyber attacks are predicted to cost businesses around the world, by 2021?

Five. Trillion. Pounds.

That’s a lot.

And many of these attacks start with an email.

Hackers are getting more cunning. And their tools are improving every day. So we created a new video, to show you what you’re up against.

You can watch this video below:

 

Remote control

Remote control

Did you know that more than 1.54 million people in the UK now work from home on a regular basis

It’s essential that you can be confident the business is doing what it’s supposed to be doing… while offering your staff flexibility.

So how do you get the balance right?

Our brand new guide is loaded with tips about how to make the most of today’s remote workplace.

  • From how to hone your people skills in a digital world
  • To selecting the right tools to help your team succeed away from the office

It’s a must have guide for all business owners and managers.

Click here to download our new guide, instantly