With many businesses now encouraging BYOD and remote working, the issue of online security is now more important than ever before.
“Although passwords were once the best way to protect internet users, they have now become only a small part in identity security as fraud and data theft continue to become daily occurrences,” says Nexmo’s VP or marketing, Stephen Schirrecker.
Here are Schirrecker’s top five tips to help employers protect their sensitive data as well as individual users:
1. Use two-factor authentication (2FA): 2FA is increasingly becoming the standard to verify your identity – so much so that the European Banking Authority requires Payment Service Providers to carry out strong customer authentication before proceeding with an online payment. Dozens of popular services offer 2FA, so make sure those in your finance department opt-in for these, especially when handling sensitive transactions.
2. Choose strong passwords: When your employees choose passwords, make sure they are hard to guess by instructing them to use a wide variety of different characters, letters, numbers and symbols. Employees should also avoid using information such as important dates or pet names as hackers can find this information via online profiles.
Check out the rest of Stephan Schirrecker’s tips on online safety over at our sister site IT Channel Expert.