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The 5 cyber security tips that will stop you getting sacked

You're fired

Nobody wants to be the employee who puts their company at risk because of poor cyber security practices. Not only will it most likely result in you being dismissed, but it will also have a long-running negative impact on the business.

With the landscape of cyber threats always changing and hackers increasingly targeting corporations over individuals, it's part of your job to make sure you're not putting yourself (and others) at risk. Here are five things you can do to prevent putting your career on the line:

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Keep apps and software up to date

The rise of BYOD culture has made this is one of the most essential things workers need to remember as, although much of it is automated, apps and software needs to be kept updated at all times in order to maintain maximum protection against potential threats.

Make sure automatic updates are turned on across any tablet, phone, PC or Mac you work on (also a good idea for personal devices) and, if in doubt, update your apps and software manually where possible. Experts also recommend that special attention be paid to financial operation endpoints (read more about how to prevent losses from cyberattacks here).

Never work on insecure wifi networks 

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The temptation to set up shop in a cafe or somewhere else outside of the office is huge, but you should always avoid insecure public networks on these occasions. Sometimes, there's no other option than to connect to a less than ideal network, and in these cases it's recommended that you use a good VPN service - like the Secure Connection feature from Kaspersky Lab (find out more by downloading the report here) - to encrypt data being transferred.

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Keep work and personal passwords separate and secure

Banking malware has become a huge problem for both individuals and businesses, with online banking and other online financial activity online increasing the risk of PINs and passwords being used by criminals. For this reason it's never been more vital to keep passwords secure.

Even if you're someone who has trouble remembering several log-in details at once, never be tempted to use the same one for personal and professional logins. To remain as safe as possible, you should also use two-factor authentication and change your passwords regularly.

Know what a phishing scam looks like 

Have you ever seen a mysterious email attachment and clicked on it without thinking, only to realise moments later that you've made a huge - possibly irreversible - mistake? Malware and phishing scams can be devastating, so always be sure you know where the email has come from and the nature of the file you're opening before you act.

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As discovered by Kaspersky as part of its Financial Cyberthreats in 2016' report, the share of financial phishing in 2016 increased by more than 13 per cent to 47 per cent of all detections. This growth can be attributed to the relative ease and affordability of this kind of cybercrime, making it attractive to amateur hackers. This is why special care needs to be taken to keep up. 

Use a dedicated security solution

Installing a specialised security solution such as Kaspersky Lab's Safe Money technology will mean that even unknown banking malware can be caught and dealt with before it does significant damage, ensuring a much more secure environment for financial transactions across the business. For more information on this and details tips and tricks for keeping safe at work download the full report.

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