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Are You Prepared to defend Against Cyber Attack? 5 Must Do’s to Protect Yourself at Home, Work & On the Go

Being such a vast organization, Aspire uses multitudes of countless networks, computers, databases, etc. We take every necessary step to maintain high security, having access to so much personal information between employees and clientele. We understand the responsibility of maintaining proper control of that information, in addition to the health of our internal communications. Being that cybersecurity is such a hot topic right now, we wanted to take a few minutes to talk about how you can protect your information, photos, and networks from cyber attacks. So here are a few things to think about.

Are ALL of your family photos stored on your computer? Are they saved anywhere else?

Is your password your dog’s name or 123456?

Do you post information about yourself, your family, and your pets?

From cities to large health organizations, no matter if you are at home or at work bad people are trying to steal or hold important information for ransom. Don’t be their next victim.

  1. Create Smart and strong passwords– Use capital letters, numbers and special characters, and use more than 6 characters. Think of sentence or song lyric and make it into a password. For example: Making an IMPACT at Aspire since 2010= maIMPACTaAs10!
  2. Watch out for Phishing Scams– Scammers build phony sites or email addresses that look legit to steal information or infiltrate your network.
  3. Beware of Ransomware-is computer malware that installs covertly on a victim’s device (e.g., computer, smartphone, wearable device) that holds the victim’s data hostage, or mounts an attack that threatens to publish the victim’s data, until a ransom is paid.
  4. Surf Safely– If you shop online, make sure the uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, make sure the web address starts with HTTP.
  5. Know the scams and think before you click- Read articles and blogs and follow the news. Using common sense while online can protect you from predators. Here’s the latest scam!

Hopefully you and your family never have to deal with something like a cyber attack, but it is always best to know the facts, and no how to better protect your information. Never before has this been such a hot-button issue, so make sure you take necessary steps, just to be safe.