Security Tech Tips

10 Security Tech Tips You Should Always Teach Your Employees

10 Security Tech Tips You Should Always Teach Your Employees

 

 

Security tech tips are an essential part of any business looking to strengthen cybersecurity efforts. Employees are the cause of some of the biggest security breaches in the working world. It is a huge problem most organisations do not know how to resolve.

Below are 10 easy security tech tips you can adopt and employ to educate your employees and fortify your organisation’s security.

 

RELATED: Information Security Tips for Large Organizations

 

  1. WATCH WHAT YOU CLICK

Security awareness has reduced drastically among most employees with the introduction of antivirus software. Heighten your staff’s sense of vigilance by frequently and repeatedly reminding them to not click on unknown links—via email or the web. Disallow the use of apps from unknown sources and remind them to watch out for unusual spelling or the use of special characters within certain links.

 

  1. EMPLOY STRONG PASSWORD PROTECTION

Most employees use short or predictable passwords. Make long, complex passwords a mandatory security practice in your company to ensure your first line of defense is as strong as it can be. Tips to remind them of: using long, memorable phrases only employees will know, mixing upper and lower case characters, using numbers and letters, and utilizing special characters—all in random order.

 

  1. UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE

If you have to remind them every day, do it because updating is key to staying protected. This is especially important in companies who have a Bring Your Own Device policy (BYOD). Make sure your employees are keeping their antivirus and firewalls up to date across all devices—regardless of Internet connectivity. You can also force updates automatically companywide with the right technology in place.

 

  1. BACKUP

This one is as easy as it sounds: backup! Not only should your company’s IT staff be backing up your company data regularly, but you should also encourage your employees to back up their own data, too. This creates double fortification and ensures multiple sources have access to critical data. And, make sure your backups are being tested monthly by humans, not just machines.

 

  1. KEEP IT LEGAL

A good tip to avoid being hacked via illegally downloaded software is to lock down your enterprise systems so that users do not have the ability to install any unwanted programs. Regardless, your employees should understand the repercussions of illegal software. Most system threats are disguised as free programs for download on the web or embedded in illegal software—make it clear you do not want the potential for threat on any network devices or terminals.

 

  1. SHARING ISN’T ALWAYS CARING

Employees need to understand that sharing login accounts, important credentials, or computing devices is a major obstruction to strong security. Instead, implement role-based access to certain passwords and files and employ guest accounts for instances where outside access is required.

 

  1. AVOID UNKNOWN NETWORKS

Most employees will work outside of the office at some point—and they’ll most likely try and connect to whatever WiFi spot they can find. Unknown networks can open the door for man-in-the-middle attacks and significantly heighten your company’s chances of being breached. Hackers can gain access to devices that contain or interface with corporate data. Make it clear to employees that security vulnerability comes from innocuous Internet outside the company and they should only use secure networks when performing work-related tasks.

 

  1. BYOD POLICY

If you have a BYOD policy, train employees on the details and specifics. Outline a plan with your IT team to ensure maximum security and determine who among your staff is fit for access, if you should require data as well as application or device restriction, and make management approval a requirement.

 

  1. EDUCATE

Simply educate your staff on cybersecurity dangers. Hold regular IT training sessions and challenge their knowledge on your current security practices. Talk about and discuss security on a daily basis to ensure they understand what is expected of them.

 

  1. STAY ALERT

Finally, foster a company culture that promotes awareness and camaraderie. Teach employees to not only look out for themselves but for their fellow co-workers, as well. A more alert and aware organization is stronger against security breaches than one that is not.

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Home Sescurity Tips

8 Home Security Tips You Never Thought Of

8 Home Security Tips You Never Thought Of

 

8 Home Security Tips You Never Thought Of – Your home is your sanctuary. It is a place where fond memories are made and relaxing evenings are spent after a busy day. Your home is a safe haven where you and your family must feel at ease. If your home is under-protected or you’ve had a recent burglary, this may compromise the security you feel in your own home.

There were more than 1,000,000 burglaries in Nigeria in 2015. While that number is down from the previous year, it is still a statistic that no one wants to become a part of. Using a few simple home security tips and tricks, you can protect your belongings, thwart would-be thieves and increase your feeling of security while home and away.

Prevention begins outside your home from the minute it comes into view. Take a walk around your property with a critical eye to see what changes it needs. Here are a few you may have missed:

 

1. Don’t provide places for thieves to hide

Trim trees and bushes that may give someone a place to hide or unnoticeable access to your windows. You should trim back any shrubs that are high enough to block a window.

You will also want to consider the lighting of your property. Look for places around your home that are very dark and may allow a thief access to your home under the cover of darkness. Consider installing lights in various places that can light up entrances. Motion detection spotlights are the best option to conserve energy and not annoy your neighbors or yourself with the bright lights.

 

2. Don’t let thieves know you are not home

If you are planning to go on vacation, never announce it beforehand. We are a society that likes to share, and thieves love that about us. Sending a tweet that you’ve arrived at the airport or posting a status update on Facebook indicating that you can’t wait to leave for your cruise is a great way to alert thieves that your home is empty. Save all updates about your vacation and picture sharing for when you return.

In addition, if you are planning to vacation, have a trusted friend or neighbor stop by every day to pick up the mail, newspapers and any fliers that may be left at the door. If a flier has been sitting on your front door for days, a thief could take notice and know you are on an extended leave.

Any time you are going to be gone during the night, even if it’s just returning from work after it gets dark, you should have interior lights set to a timer. Having lights on will keep thieves guessing and will let you feel safer when you come home.

 

3. Keep your yard clean to prevent giving thieves an advantage

Many times, thieves will gain access to your home through a window they have broken. It is best that we don’t give them a tool to do that. Clean up your yard of broken tree limbs after a storm. Ensure your kids put away their toys after playing outside. Never leave a ladder outside in the yard; a thief could use your ladder to gain access to a higher window that is more likely to be unlocked. Use the same precautions for tools, whether they are gardening or for the barbecue; lock them up when they aren’t in use.

4. Install a home alarm system

While an alarm may not keep burglars from getting inside your home, it will deter some and bring the police to your home quickly, limiting what a thief is able to take. Home security systems will only work if you always remember to engage the alarm. You should have your alarm engaged while you are away or while you are at home as many thieves will attempt to break into one part of your home while you are busy in another. Also, some insurance companies may lower your home insurance premiums for having a home alarm system and other security systems installed.

 

5. Take precautions to protect windows

If you are purchasing new windows for your home, it might be worth the upgrade to buy shatterproof glass. This would prevent anyone from breaking a window to gain access to your home. If new windows aren’t in the budget, consider adding a security film to windows. This will prevent the glass from shattering upon breaking and may deter thieves from continuing their attempt to break in.

 

6. Secure sliding glass doors

Sliding glass doors have incredibly flimsy locks. A thief can easily pop them in an instant, giving quick access to your home. Installing a security bar for sliding doors would make gaining access to your home more difficult. This measure of protection is a must-have for all sliding doors and windows.

 

7. Always lock doors and windows

Keep windows locked when you are not home, when you go to bed at night and when they are not in use. If you like to sleep with a window open at night, install window locks that only allow the window to open a few inches.

You should also keep your garage door down, even during the day. Having the garage door open invites thieves inside to look around. It gives them quick, easy access inside your home. Even if they can’t take something at the time, they can get enough of a look to see if your home is worth a visit later.

 

8. Change the locks as necessary

If you’ve just purchased a home from someone, your first order of business should be to meet the locksmith at your new home. You have no idea who is out there with a key just waiting for the moment to use it. In addition, if you’ve had a breakup recently, it is time to change the locks. The person may give you the key back, but you have no idea how many copies are out there. Having the locks changed is good for the peace of mind.

Keeping your family, your belongings and your home safe and secure does not involve a lot of money. A few simple changes such as the home security tips mentioned above can protect everyone and everything for years to come.

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SecureTech Christmas Security Tips

SECURETECH CHRISTMAS SECURITY TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE

SECURETECH CHRISTMAS SECURITY TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE

The long-awaited Christmas holiday is here and most of us will be spending much of our time outside of our homes and workplaces to have fun with friends and families. But we can only have a memorable Christmas and New Year holidays if we come back to meet our homes and workplaces unbesmirched. So, keep your home, business, and belongings in safe hands this holiday season by following our Christmas security tips below:

Arm Your System

Remember to arm your security system every time you leave work or home. Christmas is a peak time for burglary, with opportunistic thieves on the look-out for all sorts of goodies. Never leave your property unguarded. Take necessary precautionary measures to keep it safe.

 

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Update Your Stickers

Make sure thieves know your property is protected by updating your alarm stickers. Contact us if you require additional security upgrades by SecureTech or CCTV installation and stickers for your residence or commercial property.

 

Update Your Security Systems

Make sure your security systems are updated by SecureTech. Not only will this ensure the best chance of preventing break-ins, but it will also secure you a discount on any security system you purchase from us.

 

Be Careful About What You Post Online

It is always electrifying to share holiday memories, but avoid posting too much information about your travel plans and other sensitive activities on social media. The wrong people may find out you are away from home and take advantage of your absence.

 

Don’t Leave Signs You Are Away

Never leave trails or signs that you are away – if you are going to be away from home for a long period of time, ask a neighbour or a friend to check on your property, and remove spare keys from outside.

 

Let There Be Light

Installing automatic sensor lights at the front of your house is not only a great way to deter burglars, but it will also welcome guests to your front door.

 

Avoid Fire Hazards

Keep some lights on when you leave your house in the evening. But remember that decorative fairy lights outside and on the Christmas tree are a serious fire hazard, so save the festive display for when you are at home.

 

Hide Your Gift Boxes

Did you just buy a new flat-screen TV for Christmas? The box it came in will attract the attention of thieves just as much as the item itself. Conceal and dispose of boxes in your recycling carefully.

 

Keep Track of Your Shopping

Christmas is a busy time of year. With so much to organise, it’s easy to become distracted! Remember to keep track of your shopping bags when you’re doing your Christmas shopping.

 

Watch Your Belongings

It might be ‘Silly Season’, but remember to drink responsibly and keep an eye on your belongings when you are out at social events.

For more information about how SecureTech can help keep your home or business safe with a tailored security system, visit our SecureTech webpage (securetech.com.ng), or call +234 811-367-7777, +234 811-267-7777 and speak to one of our friendly team today.

Do have a wonderful, fun-filled and secure Christmas holiday.

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Home Security

Top 7 Home Security Tips for Homeowners this Festive Season

Top 7 security tips for homeowners this festive season

Homeowners should not become complacent when it comes to home security – particularly with the holiday season on the way. Crime tends to come in waves, and the festive season is often a high point. Criminals go Christmas shopping too, but they use crowbars, not credit cards.

Keeping up with the latest security trends can feel a little overwhelming, but you can start off with the following home security tips:

  1. Know your neighbours

Getting to know the people who live around you is invaluable in terms of security. The more you know about normal neighbourhood activities, the easier it is to spot something out of the ordinary.

You can organising a WhatsApp group (or similar) for your block to make it easier to notify people if something odd is taking place.

  1. Don’t advertise your belongings

If you’re planning on spending your Christmas bonus on a fancy new TV or tech toy, it is highly recommended that you take the packaging straight to your nearest municipal dump.

Houses are targeted based on the perceived value of the goods they have inside. Leaving that flat-screen box on your pavement on bin day is like setting up a neon sign saying, ‘Pick Me!’.

  1. Invest in visual deterrents

Not all crime is planned – sometimes burglars see an easy target and just decide to take a chance. To make sure that target isn’t your house, think of setting up some obvious, visible crime barriers to make opportunistic criminals think twice before breaking in.

Things like visible burglar bars and crow-bar-proof security gates are a great start. Obvious CCTV cameras – or realistic decoys – can be helpful as well. It’s also a good idea to limit visibility into the interior of your house where possible – if people can’t see that laptop at your window, they’re less likely to jump over your wall.

  1. Protect your perimeter

In the event that someone does decide to enter your front yard or garden, early warning can be very valuable for both you and your security provider. To achieve this, it is highly recommended that you add an outdoor layer to your security system, including garden beams and electric fencing, linked to your alarm.

  1. Don’t forget your roof

Criminals don’t always use the front door to break in. There have been increasing reports of burglars removing roof tiles to get into houses via the ceiling space. This allows them not only to access the property largely unseen, but also deactivate any alarm systems that are wired through the roof.

It’s definitely a good idea to put an alarm passive in your ceiling space. This helps chase off burglars with a break-in plan as well as opportunistic copper thieves.

  1. Don’t make it obvious when no-one is home

This is a particularly important security tip during the festive season when we all spend more time visiting friends and family or heading away for a well-deserved break.

Get a neighbour to clear your mailbox and take out your bin, and consider putting a light on a timer switch in a visible window that turns on and off in the evenings. This can give the impression of someone going about normal evening activities, even when nobody is actually home.

Don’t leave your TV or radio on, as constant noise can actually be a clue that nobody is home. It’s also a good idea to drop the volume on your landline ringtone so that unanswered calls don’t give your absence away.

  1. Have an emergency plan

One of the most overlooked elements of a security strategy is what to do if the worst happens and you’re home during a break-in event.

It’s not a pleasant thought, but it’s important to have a backup plan. Make sure your panic buttons work and are placed in several spots around the home, including the bathroom – a common spot for burglars to lock residents up. Have emergency services on speed dial, and think about possible escape routes that might get you out of a dangerous situation.

Do have a wonderful, safe and secure festive period

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