How safe is your back-up?

How safe is your back-up?

How safe is your back-up?

Computers use drives to store your data.

The constant reading and writing of data will eventually lead to drive failure, due to mechanical failure or drive degradation, usually without warning. 

There are also other situations which may result in data loss, such as power failures, system or file corruption, viruses, ransomware, or malware attacks. It is therefore important to store a copy of your data somewhere else – as a safety net or form of redundancy.

5 Benefits why you need a back-up:

1. Client Relationship: Saved information improves client relationship management, which leads to increased marketing and sales. Additionally, saved client information builds trust and value of a company.

2. Archiving: Backed up information streamlines the development of archives. Archived files lead to comparative studies of the past and present to devise a more effective plan.

3. Competitive Gain: Saved company data can be a competitive advantage because there are many businesses that fail backup important information.

4. Improved Productivity: With existing backed up files, companies improve productivity by reducing wasted time.

5. No Wasted Time: Data backup reduces ‘wasted time’ by preventing repetitions. Thus, employees do not have to rewrite reports.

Where should your back-up data go?

There are a number of choices to consider based on the data that is being back up, including the size of the backups, setup complexity, portability and security requirements, budget, and whether it must be an on-site or offsite backup.

1. External hard drives– One of the most common storage mediums, external drives, are easy to setup, relatively cheap, provide multiple storage size options, are portable and are usually large enough to store a lot of data. But also have the risk of being damaged or stolen.

2. USB flash drives–They are good for transporting data between locations efficiently. However, they are also prone to being lost or stolen, have a low storage capacity, and certain higher-end models are more expensive.

3. Disc media (CD/DVD-Rom)– Burnable disc media is a dying storage medium, although there are still some people who use them. They are cheap, portable, and can be used for offsite storage. However, they have limited storage capacity, a short shelf life and are considerably slower than hard/flash drives.

4. Cloud Backup– Storing your data in the cloud is the latest trend in backup technology. Data stored on cloud services are always accessible from any internet-connected device. Cloud storage is offsite, so it keeps your data safe from disasters.

5. FTP/FTPS/SFTP– Like cloud storage, FTP is an offsite storage solution and may be a solid and reliable option to consider if available.

Data backups are among the most important infrastructure components in any organisation because they help guard against data loss. Backups provide a way of restoring deleted files or recovering a file when it is accidentally overwritten.

To be prepared takes a clear action plan, backed by a good IT strategy.

Rito-Technologies is an IT business partner who maximises business output through technology. They enable their clients to be secure with their IT Strategic Planning, which is guaranteed to increase your accessibility, productivity, and levels of communication with the right level of technology for business and potential customers.

For more information about our IT Strategic Planning or our back-up solutions, please get in touch with us at info@rito-tech.co.za and we will gladly assist you.

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Home office security

Home Office Security

As remote working is on the rise again, it does make the home office more vulnerable. Even though there are many ways to prevent cyberattacks, from using multifactor authentication to encrypting your data, it is key that the relevant ‘best practices’ are considered for both the employer and employee.

Best practices for the employees

1.       Implement multifactor authentication

Multifactor authentication grants access to the device and all software after the employee provides more than one form of identification. 

2.       Use strong passwords

Physical devices aren’t your only concern. If a hacker tries to access any sensitive accounts, you want to make it as difficult as possible for them to log in. Using a password manager is a great precaution, as it ensures you are only using strong passwords, like those with special characters, numbers, upper and lowercase letters, etc.

3.       Invest in antivirus software

Your employer may provide a recommended application for a company-issued device, but if you use your personal laptop for work, you need to keep your system protected.

4.       Don’t allow family members to use your work devices

The computer you work on is only for you, it’s not the family computer. So, it is not advisable you allow your children to access your computer to play games on or watch movies.

5.       Follow company policies

Your company likely has clear policies for accessing the company network outside the office. Report any suspicious behaviour to IT immediately.

6.       Use a centralised, company-approved storage solution

This becomes especially important when you’re saving and backing up files. You should store all your work data in a secure location that’s both approved by and accessible to your company, like a cloud-based storage option.

Best practices for the employers 

  1. Improve employee security awareness through internal communication and training.
  2. Inform employees about the incident handling procedures and ensure their cooperation, as the risk is shifted outside the company.
  3. Require that employees use a non-stored password to connect to the network, especially for VPN access.
  4. Limit program/file access to only those areas that are absolutely needed by that employee.
  5. Reserve the right to terminate employee access at any moment.
  6. Provide services for remote file storage and other tasks; don’t rely on individuals to use their personal programs and accounts to store your company’s data.

Leading the company in these difficult times requires a clear action plan, backed by a good IT strategy. Rito-Technologies is an IT business partner who maximises business output through technology. They enable their clients to be secure with their IT Strategic Planning, which is guaranteed to increase your accessibility, productivity, and levels of communication with the right level of technology for business and potential customers.

For more information about our IT Strategic Planning or our cyber security planning, please get in touch with us at info@rito-tech.co.za and we will gladly assist you.

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How secure is your business?

How secure is your business?

How secure is your business?

With the most recent attack on Virgin Active, it is important to ask the question: How secure is your business?

In most instances, you think you are safer than you are, because cybercriminals are forever changing, but your technologies remain the same! Rather ask yourself, when last did you conduct a risk or cyber assessment on your business?

With cyber security, companies do not have to worry about unauthorised users accessing their network or data. It helps them protect both their employees and their customers. 

When it comes to your business security, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely the trusty old firewall. In the event of a successful cyberattack, most victimised organisations will raise the question: “Why wasn’t our firewall able to protect us?”

Are firewalls enough?

Unfortunately, security threats are constantly evolving and are designed to circumvent common and basic security tools, such as firewalls. As a result of The Internet of Things (IoT) and increase in remote working as a result of the digital age and the most recent COVID-19 pandemic, nearly any smart device from phones, laptops, printers, tablets and televisions can be connected to the business network – creating an access point for cyber criminals.

Your firewall is pretty good at protecting your office network. After all, that’s what it was designed to do. But what happens when an employee accesses their email or files from their phone? What about when they connect to the WiFi at a restaurant? Your network security is only as strong as its weakest link. You could have the strongest, most expensive security system on your laptop, but it won’t do you any good if an attacker sets up a fake WiFi hotspot and intercepts all the data.

Firewalls are primarily used to prevent attacks originating from outside the system. What if a threat makes it past the firewall or originates from the network itself?

Firewalls are also extremely limited in their capacity to prevent phishing, scams, ransomware and much more in addition to just typical malware. Some of these rely on tricking a user into taking a desired action like surrendering confidential information or disabling a firewall or antivirus. Unfortunately, firewalls can’t stop human errors or fix poor administrative practices and security policies. Firewalls need to be consistently updated. New threats arise every day and if firewalls aren’t updated, they may not protect you from the latest threat.

Traditional network security, like firewalls doesn’t extend to the mobile-first, multi-device reality that we live in today. Massive hikes in web traffic, constantly evolving threats and other dangers are not easily detected. Firewalls are a reactive method as you can only protect devices after threats have been detected.

A multi-facet approach for your ultimate security

Now that multi-devices and IoT are complicating secure networks with added vulnerability, increased cyber security is a must-have for optimal protection. Organisations need a first line of defence to threats you can’t see or immediately repel with a firewall. A successful cyber security approach has multiple layers of protection across computers, networks, programs and data and accelerates key security operations which are prevention, detection, investigation and remediation. A multi-facet approach is one that uses several components to protect your operations with multiple levels of security measures in place. These layers work together to tighten security and have a better chance of stopping intruders from breaching your networks than using a single security solution.

Today you cannot run the risk of being hacked, rather request a free assessment with Rito-Technologies to see how safe you are, and how they can improve your internet and network security. Rito-Technologies is an IT business partner who maximises business output through technology. They enable their clients to be secure with their IT Strategic Planning, which is guaranteed to increase your accessibility, productivity, and levels of communication with the right level of technology for business and potential customers.

For more information about our IT Strategic Planning or our cyber security planning, please get in touch with us at info@rito-tech.co.za and we will gladly assist you.

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How important is hosting

How important is hosting

Why hosting is key to your business success

A good hosting partner is essential so your brand can offer a quality service to the public.

Hosting can be used for many applications, such as systems, virtual stores, blogs, and websites, with advantages ranging from better performance to greater security.

The advantages of good hosting include

Better site performance: With high-quality hosting, loading speeds will no longer be an issue which will also ensure a better customer experience (CX) in making a decision on your website.

Exceptional technical support: If you have been providing services or products from a website, you already know the importance of offering customer support. The hosting company also knows that. If you don’t have the technical skills, your provider will be like a member of your technical team.

Improved website security: A good host will take preventative measures in order to limit risk of privacy violations, provided through firewalls and other electronic barriers between your website and those attempting to access your website with malicious intent.

Customer Service: When your website goes down, it becomes an inevitability that you will be forced to get to know the customer service team of your hosting platform, but the difference between good and bad hosts becomes how quickly the issue is resolved.

Reliability: Your website is the first point of access to your customers, and in this sense, you want to provide a good first impression. People don’t notice when your website is good, but they surely recognize when it is bad. If your website is frequently down, has been hacked, or proves to be less than user-friendly, they will likely take their business to a competitor.

Search engine rankings & SEO: If your website is down often when search engines are trying to visit and analyse it, then your ranking will be badly affected. Alongside the downtime affects, it is believed that a slow site can also harm your rank on search engines. So, it is in your best interest to invest in professional website hosting platforms in order to ensure you get accurate and the best possible search engine rankings.

The more complex your websites, the more important it is to have a competent and reliable web host who can support your evolving online business. In many instances, the best web hosting solution is not the cheapest, but your small investment in a better web host can pay big dividends when you need immediate support. When shopping for the best web host for your websites, try contacting their support departments at odd hours and see what kinds of responses you get. 

So, what to look out for when choosing your website host:

High Reliability and Uptime: Reliability and server uptime refers to how often your website will be available online. Most hosts stick to the rule of 99.9% uptime. Before you decide on a web hosting service provider make sure to verify their uptime policy and if they offer any sort of uptime guarantee.

Bandwidth and Storage: Bandwidth translates to the amount of traffic and number of page views your website can handle every single month. It’s becoming common practice to offer unlimited bandwidth. However, there’s a chance this could get throttled down, or your site could go offline if you’re experiencing a massive traffic surge—such as during a holiday sale or if one of your blog posts just went viral.

Solid Customer Support: Customer support is something you really don’t think about until it’s too late. But when your website is down and you are launching a promotion you will the best support, so we suggest you test it!

Ability to grow: Your host should be equipped with tools, such as cPanel, which allow for easy domain management which should allow you to purchase additional domains as your business grows or the ability to upgrade packages as you need to.

Clear Pricing: Make sure you select a hosting company that has clear pricing terms, so you know if and when a price increase is going to happen.

Availability of site backups: The current wave of cyber threats like ransomware has seen an increased number of general websites being targeted by these online extortionists. Such acts often result in irreparable damages like the destruction or replacement of your site’s index.php file. Therefore, it becomes important that you only engage a host service provider that offers regular web data backup.

If you’re not familiar with it, web hosting can seem overwhelming, with a number of different companies seemingly offering the ‘same’ thing. But what it all really boils down to is simple: what you need from your website, and what the uptime looks like. If a web host can’t handle these basic requirements, you need to find one that can!

In today’s ‘instant-gratification’ world of the internet, clients don’t want to experience websites that are simply too slow for them or even worse, a website that is down, because you simply wont get another chance with that prospect client. Rito-Technologies is an IT business partner who maximises business output through technology. They enable their clients to be secure with their IT Strategic Planning, which is guaranteed to increase your accessibility, productivity, and levels of communication with the right level of technology for business and potential customers.

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Are your details on the dark web – right now?

Are your details on the dark web – right now?

Did You Know…

…that once cybercriminals obtain hacked or leaked data such as credit card details, online banking credentials, and more, they sell this information to others who may use it to steal from victims’ bank accounts or steal their identities?

According to MyBroadband; “Personal data is a valuable commodity among hackers, and there is a lucrative market based on selling private data on the dark web.”

Here are 6 ways to keep your personal information away from hackers and off the dark web:

1.   Use a password manager: 
Password managers like Bitwarden, Keeper and many others generate complex, unique, and encrypted passwords for every site you need access to. But also remember to change your password every 30 to 90 days and using a different password for every account.

2.   Enable two-step authentication on all online accounts:
In addition to entering your password, you’ll also want the site to send a code to your phone or email verifying it’s you.

3.   Have a plan in place for when your information gets breached:
You should always assume that it could happen to you. Then, immediately execute your plan when it does happen. This might include freezing your accounts and alerting authorities.

4.   Always check permission settings on the apps you use: The idea is to minimise the likelihood of your data being shared or stored by third parties without your knowledge.

5.   Be careful what you do with your phone: While being cautious with what you do with your phone is always recommended, it can get tiresome. With the vast amount of malware, Trojans, and worms finding sneaky ways to get into your device, it is better to stay protected with a security system that does the work for you.

6.   Be aware of your digital footprint: Whatever you post online is there forever, even if you delete it from where it was originally posted. A digital footprint is somewhat of a digital paper trail. Forum registrations, videos, photos, just about anything you post will all leave traces of information about yourself online.

Why do we need to keep our data safe and off the dark web?

We all have things to hide. It could be how much money you make, your medical records or your bank account number. Hiding things is not bad. I don’t think these are the types of things you’d like broadcasted on your social network for the entire world to see. This is why we must strive to protect our data and in essence, protect ourselves too. Don’t be another victim of cybercrime, protect what is YOURS!

In partnership with Dark Web, the number one dark web monitoring platform, combines intelligence with search capabilities to identify, analyse and proactively monitor an organisation’s compromised or stolen employee and customer data. We protect our clients from a cybersecurity breach due to compromised employee credentials by monitoring the dark web in real time, and automatically alerting you when it is time to change passwords because their credentials are up for sale on the Dark Web.

Increased security measures are a must in today’s day as we need to safeguard our data as well as our employees. There’s a tremendous shift in the way we work, and, unsurprisingly, technology is playing a significant role in it and is gaining momentum quicker than we can imagine. Rito-Technologies is an IT business partner who maximises business output through technology. They enable their clients to be secure with their IT Strategic Planning, which is guaranteed to increase your employee’s accessibility, productivity, and levels of communication with the right level of technology for business and employees.

For more information about our IT Strategic Planning or Secure Management Services, please get in touch with us at info@rito-tech.co.za and we will gladly assist you.

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