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1.28 billion. That’s how many tablet users there are expected to be worldwide this year. To put that into perspective, India’s population is just over 1.38 billion. Tablets are growing in popularity. And as they become more powerful, it’s only a matter of time until they become more integral in our workplaces. They’re already a huge part of many industries. Charity retail shops, for example, use tablets alongside their EPoS system to streamline operations.

But as their popularity rises, it’s essential we keep take a look at our tablet security. They contain sensitive information and, like any device, can be hacked. So is your tablet as safe as it can be? Take our quiz to find out…

Q1. Tablets, unlike other devices, don’t need antivirus. It’s secure enough without it.

  1. True
  2. False

Q2. You can wait to install updates on your tablet.

  1. True
  2. False

Q3. Passwords should be 12 characters minimum.

  1. True
  2. False

Q4. How safe is it to connect to an unknown Wi-Fi?

  1. It’s never completely without risk
  2. As long as it’s public Wi-Fi like Starbucks, it’s fine
  3. It’s fine, I do it all the time

Answers 

Question 1 – This is false. Even though some see Apple devices as extremely secure, they’re just as vulnerable as Android tablets. In fact, rates of iOS malware have been increasing over the years. So, just like a PC or laptop, antivirus protection is a necessity.

Question 2 – Also false. Any updates on your tablet should be installed immediately, especially if they’re patch updates. These will ensure your security is as current as possible, protecting against more recent cyber threats.

Question 3 – True. With passwords, the general rule is the longer the better. But a password of 12 or more characters is a great place to start. Follow the regular advice and mix letters, numbers, and symbols.

Question 4 – It would be amazing if we could trust any Wi-Fi. But that’s too good to be true. One of the more common public Wi-Fi attacks is known as a man-in-the-middle attack. When a device connects to the internet, a hacker can easily position themselves between these transmissions and access your information.

Many people think the standards we hold our computers to don’t apply to other devices. But any device we own can easily be exploited. Just this idea that tablets and similar devices don’t need the same protection could be putting you and your data at risk. It’s vital we prioritise cyber security across all devices to protect our data – look after your tablet security.

Keep yourself secure. If you’re in the charity sector, we’ll be at the Charity Retail Association Conference on the 9th and 10th of September, launching CHARiot Web. With our newest cloud-based EPoS solution, your staff and volunteers can stay as safe as possible. Come see us at our stand or call us today on 01204 706 000.

Since April 2020, almost half of all British citizens have worked from home in some capacity. It’s no surprise then that, during that time, there was an 800% surge in cyber attacks. That link is no coincidence – our home set-ups aren’t as secure as what we have in our offices. But with 98% of people preferring remote working at least part time from now on, we’re going to have a long-term issue.

With a potentially permanent cultural shift in how we work on the horizon, we have to start thinking about our home set-ups. There are many cyber risks out there – are you sure you’re ready to keep yourself safe? We’ve whipped up this quiz to test your knowledge. Write down your answers as you go along and check them against the key at the end. Good luck!

Q1. Which of the following is the definition of “phishing”?

A) A type of scam email or message with a fake link to steal your data or download malicious software.

B) A type of malware that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid.

Q2. How often should you change your password? 

A) Every week

B) Every month

C) Every two to three months 

D) Every six months 

Q3. Which encryption language should your home Wi-Fi use?

A) WEP 

B) WPA 

C) WPA2

D) WPA3

Answers

Question 1 answer – The answer is A. Phishing is the single most popular form of cyber attack. In fact, around half of all UK cyber attacks are phishing attacks. Being able to identify them is key if you’re working from home as your personal devices may not be as protected as the tech in the office.

Question 2 answer – The answer is C, every 60-90 days. Any less than that and you become much more susceptible to hacking. But you shouldn’t just change passwords regularly. They need to be strong too. Simple passwords are incredibly easy to hack and, if used across different platforms, mean you’re essentially handing your information over.

Question 3 answer – This one’s a bit of a trick question as there are two acceptable choices. The answers are in order of how secure they are. WEP is the least secure and WPA3 is the most. In an ideal world, you’d have WPA3. But WPA2 is good too. The lower the strength, the easier it is for someone to access your network. 

For many, remote working is here to stay. So it’s absolutely essential that cyber security becomes a top priority to ensure no data leakage and to protect your business from vicious malware.

Nisyst Cyber Security offers a managed endpoint security solution. This solution helps to protect you from ransomware, viruses, spyware, worms, and more. Protect your business today – call us on 01204 706000.

Cyber security should be at the top of the agenda for any business, right behind making a profit. In this technology-driven world, cyber attacks are all too common, so you can never be too careful.

How do you think your cybersecurity measures stack up? Why not take our quick quiz to see how your business is doing and if you have any vulnerabilities waiting to be exploited? Let’s dive right in…

Q1: Some businesses are too small for cyber criminals to care about.

  1. True
  2. False

This is false. The attacks on big corporations are the most publicised, but that doesn’t mean cyber criminals don’t target smaller businesses too. In fact, research suggests SMEs are actually just as likely to be attacked

Q2: How often should a business conduct cybersecurity training? 

  1. Once when first operational
  2. Once a year
  3. Every 4-6 months

Industry best practice suggests you conduct cyber security training roughly every 4-6 months. After 4 months, employees still seem to remember what they learned, but begin to forget around the 6-month mark. This study focused specifically on the employee’s memory for phishing attacks, which account for around half of all cyber attacks and are recognised as the top cause of data breaches.

Q3: Offsite backups are essential.

  1. True
  2. False

That’s true. Offsite backups are incredibly important. Yet 10% of organisations aren’t backing up their data at all. Offsite backups offer a solution if you’re ever the victim of ransomware, a data breach, or even in the event of a disaster that could destroy systems, such as an earthquake, fire, or flood. Offsite backups can’t prevent attacks, but they mean you still have your data if someone tries to steal or delete it. You never know what might happen.

Q4: Working from home reduces cyber security threats.

  1. True
  2. False

Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Working from home poses different risks than working in the office. 20% of businesses have suffered a breach because of the actions of a remote worker since the lockdown began. Employees might have weak setups, they might share their work device with others, or they might simply just be unaware of how to spot risks. This is why it’s so important to keep employees up-to-date with cyber security training.

A cyber attack can compromise a business, ruining its reputation and costing thousands. But all this can easily be avoided by simply taking the time to ensure your business has the strongest line of defence against attackers. 

Don’t know where to start? Leave it to the experts. Nisyst Cyber Security is dedicated to providing innovative and up-to-date security solutions. For more information, call us on 01204 706000.