Cybersecurity is always evolving and there are always new and improved ways to protect yourself in the digital world. When taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity, avoid making these three outdated mistakes to keep your business secure this year.

Outdated Cybersecurity Practices

Relying on Antivirus Software Alone

While antivirus software is an important part of protecting your devices, a common mistake many individuals make is relying solely on antivirus software for protection. 

Antivirus software can only protect against known threats. Outside factors like human error, new viruses, outdated software, and using unsecured networks can reduce the effectiveness of antivirus software on its own. While we should always use an effective antivirus program, we also need to take all the necessary precautions to protect ourselves online. 

Reusing Weak Passwords

A password protects systems, devices, and accounts online. Using a strong password best protects your accounts against cyber attacks. Weak passwords are easier to guess, making it easier for hackers to gain access to your accounts. Choosing a unique password will help keep your accounts secure. 

Reusing passwords across multiple accounts, even if it’s a strong password, increases the risk of security breaches. Any other accounts that share a compromised password are also at risk of being compromised. 

This is why it’s essential to create a unique password for every account. If keeping track of all those passwords proves to be a challenge, we recommend using a password manager to stay organized and secure.

Ignoring Employee Training

An uneducated team is just as much of a threat to your cybersecurity as the threat itself. Some of the most common mistakes are human error, such as employees opening phishing emails, using weak passwords, or downloading malware from malicious websites. 

With proper training, employees are aware of the various cybersecurity threats. Tech42 offers training programs to educate employees and help them understand and implement the latest and most effective security measures. A knowledgeable staff is one of the strongest cybersecurity measures a business can make! 

Managed IT service providers like tech42 work to stay ahead of security threats. Our team becomes an extension of your team to get ahead of security threats with the latest solutions and training for your organization. Contact us today to get started.