• How to stay cyber-safe after coming back from your holidays

    Even if it’s true that cyber security won’t ever be on holiday, it’s essential to go back to work and check out the “health state” of your devices, that need to be protected, ready for all your important projects-to be.

    So, in order to get that and to battle stress and trauma for the come-back, we suggest you take two necessary steps on your first work day, to get used again to times and spaces from which you were happy to be away from.

     

    1. Check your backups

    If your company decided to close during the holidays, even shutting down the servers, when you go back to work it’s appropriate to verify that all the backups are working, just so you can avoid all kind of surprises.

    In general, having a backup of all your system’s data is the first cyber security rule to respect, since it’s the only way to protect your systems from irreparable losses, caused by faulty hardware, viruses or human errors.

    The check-up can be made by a technical employee (who can be part of the internal team) or by an expert specifically hired for this task. Both cases require a specific knowledge, because in case of malfunction, someone is ought to be there to help immediately.

    Before restarting everything after the holidays, it’s suggested that:

    - You save a backup of ALL data, even dynamic ones;

    - You need to know when the backups are due to expire;

    - You need to know how to localize them correctly on devices located outside the company;

    - You should try to refresh everything before going on holiday.

     

    2. Work off all you previous unanswered emails

    The second step to take is to clean your email box; among the emails you have, you need to be aware of the phishing, i.e. the well known emails that simulate banks or other institutions that invites us to deepen our knowledge on a theme by clicking on a link. If you are in a rush to answer the most important emails, you might lower your defences and have bad surprises when coming back to work.

    It can be useful to take the following mini-steps, taking into account the phishing mails risk:

    - You have to sit down at your work desk in a comfortable position;

    - You need to use the “object” research function and find all the mails related to a specific subject, keeping only the ones containing a recap of the situation;

    - You should eliminate all the newsletters containing a discount code or particular offers, that are likely to be expired;

    - You can start by answering all the emails that unblock some projects that need to be done quickly and to leave the difficult ones to the end of this task;

    - You may answer to your boss mails first, compatibly with what we just wrote above, making him understand that he is a the top of your priorities;

    - Moving all fragile and valuable objects away from our work desk may be best for you; since taking all those mini-steps can be frustrating at times, those must be out of reach to be thrown.

    Ordering your unopened emails is something that can help you understand which job needs to take the priority on your next days to-do list, but also to check out which emails are considered as “trash” and which ones are considered “spam” by all your filters. In both cases, it’s always better to unsubscribe to newsletters you aren’t interested in any more and to check that all the anti-spam filters are set in the right way, and if it isn’t the case, make sure to tell the assigned technician.

    What about your own home?

    Once you successfully ended all these work-related stuff, you can be satisfied with youself and you can check out your “home” devices, especially if you have children at home. Even if you are back to work, it doesn’t mean your children are back to school too, and it might be possible that they have plenty of free time to spend, maybe even playing computer games.

    You need to make regular back-up for your “home” devices and to cyclically change your passwords and security keys. Make sure to inform your children of risks and dangers too.

    Regardless the cyber security solution you decide to adopt, it’s always best to talk to kids in order to let them grow the awareness that you need to be careful both in your everyday online and offline life.

    In closing, it’s always useful to install a cyber security suite and a parental-control solution on your children devices: better safe than sorry!

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