When you sign in to your online accounts – a process we call “authentication” – you’re proving to the service that you are who you say you are. Traditionally that’s been done with a username and a password. Unfortunately, this level of security is no longer sufficient to effectively protect your accounts. Usernames are often easy to discover; sometimes, they’re your email address. Since passwords can be hard to remember, people tend to pick simple ones or use the same password at many different sites.
Almost all online services – banks, social media, shopping, and more – have added a way for your accounts to be more secure. You may have heard it referred to as “Two-Step Verification” (2FA) or “Multi-Factor Authentication” (MFA). They operate off the same principle. When you sign into the account for the first time on a new device or application (like a web browser), you need more than just the username and password. It would help if you had a second means – what we call a second “factor” – to prove who you are.
We implement a Multi-Factor Authentication system that fits seamlessly into your day-to-day business operations and keeps your accounts and data secure.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a means of connecting to a network and accessing the resources, files, devices, etc on that network. VPNs can also be used to hide your specific location and IP address and encrypt your data while in transit, ensuring safe and anonymous browsing online.
Your computer is attached to a network that the whole world is connected with. Antivirus software protects you and your information from people who have malicious intent. Today’s criminal isn’t too excited about wiping out all your data but more excited about how to hold it for ransom and demanding money in return.
The simplest way to make sure an email is legitimate is to expose the email address the email came from. Often, your email app or service (Outlook, Gmail, etc) will show a name like “John Smith” to indicate who the email is from. In reality, the email address itself could be an obvious fake (such as firstname.lastname@example.org). This is an excellent example of paying attention to the small details and understanding who you are about to send your information.
Wellteck IT’s Managed Services Agreement (MSA) and Cybersecurity offerings include end-user training on knowing how and what to look for when it comes to malicious email.
Similarly to the explanation above, phishing is a scam by which an internet user is tricked (as by a deceptive email message) into revealing personal or confidential information, which the scammer can use illicitly.