Cyber security made simple – ASB

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ASB: Cyber security made simple

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ASB are a Platinum Partner of Connect Smart and are dedicated in helping support the Connect Smart community improve their digital security. ASB believe by helping people protect themselves, their family, business and customers, we can reduce the number of security breaches.

Creating secure passwords

Passwords play a key role in securing and protecting your identity and information so it’s important to select a strong and secure one.  Don’t make them too simple (your surname, dog’s name etc.) as they’ll be easy to break. But also don’t make them too hard as you’ll be likely to forget them.

One of our favourite tips is to use a phrase – for example 1LikeChips&diP. You could also use a longer phrase and make a password out of the first letter of each word. For example I like salt & vinegar chips & dip when watching movies at home could turn into 1Ls&Vc&dWWmaH (we’ve replaced the I for a numeric 1 to make the password even stronger).

Our tips for creating secure passwords

  • Don’t use personal information.
  • Mix different character types: uppercase, lowercase and special characters like % $ and !.
  • Change your password regularly.
  • Use different passwords for different applications.
  • Don’t use the same passwords across personal and work applications.
  • Don’t share your passwords with anyone.
  • Use a pass phrase or an acronym of a phrase.
  • Password-protect all your devices.
  • Protect your home wireless connection with a strong password and encryption settings.
  • Be cautious when using free public Wi-Fi and avoid using public computers for checking your email, doing any online banking or accessing any site that requires authentication.
  • Ensure your computer’s security software and applications are up to date.
  • Never send your credit card details via email.
  • Never respond to emails you suspect to be a scam.
  • Don’t click on links in emails that ask you to enter your internet banking details or other personal information.

How to protect yourself online

Read more tips for protecting yourself online.

4 steps for protecting your business online

  1. Assess the cyber security of your business.
  2. Develop a cyber security policy for your business.
  3. Establish an incident management plan.
  4. Regularly review and update your network security systems.

For more information on protecting your business online, download the Connect Smart for Business toolkit.

Remember, be proactive – don’t wait until it’s too late! Share this article with your friends and family now.

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