Cyber Security – How safe are your account logins?

Here’s important cyber security news from Bryce Austin of TCE Strategy about something we do every day: log into the accounts of our favorite websites.

If you can spend just 10 minutes on cybersecurity best practices this month, please do this!

There are three ways to let a computer or website know that you are who you say you are: something you know (like a password or pin), something you have (like your phone), and something you are (like your fingerprint). Multi-factor authentication provides an added layer of security by requiring a combination of these factors to successfully log into your account, making it much more difficult for a cybercriminal to do on your behalf. It is one of the most practical ways to protect your information and should be used whenever possible. Keep yourself safe by enabling MFA for your personal email accounts, corporate email accounts, bank accounts, and social media. Links to turning on MFA for various accounts are provided below.

Google:  https://www.google.com/landing/2step/ 
Office365: https://support.office.com/en-ie/article/sign-in-to-office-365-with-2-step-verification-2b856342-170a-438e-9a4f-3c092394d3cb  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/148233965247823
Twitter: https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/two-factor-authentication
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/544/turning-two-step-verification-on-and-off?lang=en
Instagram: https://help.instagram.com/566810106808145
SnapChat: https://support.snapchat.com/en-US/a/enable-login-verification  
PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/article/how-do-i-enable-2fa-(two-factor-authentication)-for-my-paypal-powered-by-braintree-user-faq3500  

Patches Released for Serious Microsoft and Cisco Vulnerabilities
As if to underscore the concern behind new vulnerabilities being discovered in systems all the time, Microsoft and Cisco both released patches to the most serious vulnerabilities that have been found in a few years. Microsoft even released patches for their end-of-life operating systems Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP, Server2003, Windows 7, Windows Server2008 or Windows server 2008R2, patch your systems immediately (links on how to do so are below). If you are running any Cisco firewalls with Firepower (and many of their routers, switches and phone systems – it’s a long list), patch those as well.

Windows XP and 2003: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4500705/customer-guidance-for-cve-2019-0708
Windows 7, 2008 and 2008R2: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-0708
Cisco: https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20190513-secureboot

Until next month, stay safe!”

About Bryce Austin:

Bryce Austin, CEO of TCE Strategy, provides CIO and CISO advisory level services and is a keynote speaker around the globe. Please click here to talk to Bryce about how he can help your organization.

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