Trick or Treat: Cybersecurity Tips For Halloween

28 October 2021 - by Obrela SOC

Cybersecurity tips and tricks for Haloween

As National Cybersecurity Awareness Month ends on Halloween, it presents the perfect time to remind our readers of some cyber safety tips to keep the monsters, zombies, and mummies out of their computer networks.

To prevent security breaches, it’s critical for businesses to start thinking about cyberattack protection because it doesn’t matter who you are, how big or small you are, or where you are located, no organisation is immune to hacking.

In the spirit of the season, consider a few simple tips to avoid being “spooked” by the ghosts and goblins this Halloween.

  1. Keep Your Software Up to Date

No trick or treat for known vulnerabilities this Halloween. Businesses should keep their software up to date to avoid the risk of hackers exploiting bugs/vulnerabilities in the software they are using.

  1. Anti-Virus Software: Clear the Cobwebs

AV solutions help keep zombies and ghosts out of your systems during Halloween, so please make sure you have it installed to keep malicious software off your systems.

  1. Protect Your Candy with a Strong Password

Candy is all you need during the Halloween period, so you should make sure that you protect it with strong passwords. Additionally, you need to be aware of vampires because they might suck your blood, like cybercriminals trying to suck out cash from your accounts. They are using key-loggers to steal your passwords, so using password managers is always a great idea.

  1. Protect Your Sensitive Personal Identifiable Information (PII)

Please make sure you find the best costume for your PII because you should always keep it disguised. That said, always make sure that you are using encryption and disclose it only to legitimate parties.

  1. Backup Your Data Regularly

You should always back up your goodies because bullies might get in your way and try to steal your candy. Pretty much what ransomware actors are doing, so always remember to perform regular backups.

  1. Be Aware of Phishing Scams

Don’t talk to strangers, and especially don’t click links from strangers. They will try to convince you that they are legitimate, but always question yourself, do I know the sender? Do I trust the sender, and is this something that I would expect to get? Hmmm, this email has an attachment that looks unfamiliar to me; always think twice before opening or downloading it.