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Catherine Cane05-Dec-2023 17:00:002 min read

'Tis the Season to be Secure with Stuart Stafford

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The team here at Intact want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Amidst the joyous season of giving, let's not overlook the gift of online security. Here are a few tips from Stuart Stafford, Infrastructure Sales Consultant, to ensure your digital sleigh ride stays safe and secure! 


🎅Santa-Approved Passwords: 

Combining uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters creates passwords as robust as Santa's sleigh bells! Steer clear of easily guessed details like birthdays or using "password123"; yes, I'm onto you! Keep in mind, a strong password is the best present you can give to your accounts!


🎁Gifts from Trusted Sources Only: 

As you'd hesitate to unwrap a mystery gift from an unknown sender, be cautious of emails or messages from unfamiliar sources. Cyber grinches love to disguise malware as tempting gifts, so think twice before clicking on unexpected links or downloading attachments. 


🚫Say No to Phishing Baubles: 

Watch out for Phishing attempts disguised in festive attire! Double-check the sender's email address and verify requests for sensitive information. Remember: Legitimate companies won't ask for your login credentials or personal details through email or SMS.


🤶Update Your Digital Decorations: 

Keep your software and apps up to date! Software updates often include security patches that help defend against the latest cyber threats. Don't let your digital decorations become outdated and vulnerable to unwanted surprises. 


🛡️Set Up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): 

Boost your security by activating MFA. Just as Santa relies on both his magic key and chimneys for delivering presents, MFA requires a second form of verification, such as a code sent to your phone to access your accounts. 


🎅Check Your Chimney (Firewall) 

Make sure your firewall is in good working order. A well-maintained firewall helps keep out digital grinches and ensures a safe online celebration. Regularly review your firewall settings and update them as needed. 


🎄Spread the Joy, Not Malware 

If you're sharing digital Christmas cards or festive content, ensure they're from reputable sources. Avoid downloading holiday-themed apps from unknown providers, as they may be a disguise for malware. 


📲Think Twice Before Posting: 

Before sharing your festive moments on social media, consider what information you're making public. Avoid broadcasting travel plans or personal details that could land you in trouble. 

 
If you would like to speak to Stuart for more advice, tips, or information about our "Intact Security Protect" service, you can contact him at stuart.stafford@intactsoftware.co.uk

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Catherine Cane

In October 2023 I joined the team as part of Intact’s Graduate Programme. My academic journey began at the University of Liverpool, where I studied English Language and Literature. Feeling that one degree and three years in Liverpool weren't enough, I stayed and earned a Master's degree in Creative and Critical Writing. During my studies, I wrote for various platforms, including a student newspaper, blog articles for a famous Liverpool attraction, and even directed a play. I knew I wanted to pursue a career where I could write daily, leading me to explore the world of content marketing. At Intact, I write blog articles for our website and campaigns, compile and write content for our customer newsletter, and manage our social media channels. I’m committed to creating credible, trustworthy content, and nurturing the sense of community among our customers and staff. I enjoy the fast-paced nature of my work, where each completed task is followed by ten uncompleted ones. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, seeking their insights and knowledge for fresh and valuable content. Outside of work, I’ll be at the gym, out for a run (jog), or exploring markets in London with friends.