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IT firm reveals how to guard against hackers in Cyber Security Awareness Month

To mark Cyber Security Awareness Month OX IT Solutions has issued key advice on how to protect against becoming a victim of digital fraudsters.

The IT specialists have supported the campaign by highlighting how organisations and people to stop criminals hacking into websites, social media platforms and bank accounts. As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, it is offering all businesses free, remote cyber security reviews to help them identify weaknesses within their IT infrastructure.

The Oxford based company helps NHS trusts, schools and businesses across the UK protect against cyber security attacks.

Using unique passwords, additional security levels like two factor authentication, regularly backing up data and managing software updates are some of the areas people need to consider when using computers, tablets and smart phones.

Earlier this year the government’s latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey estimated 72% of large firms and 48% of small firms in the UK had been victim of a cyber security attack in the last 12 months. This month OX IT Solutions will post top tips on social media to remind people how to stay safe online.

Chris Cope, OX IT Solutions director said: “Most people are online daily both for work and leisure and lead busy lives, so it is easy to forget or be complacent about cyber security.

“But the smallest gap in the armour is how hackers break into websites, cloud storage, email, social media accounts and bank accounts to issue ransom notes, steal identities and data to sell on the dark web and even take money.

“They rely on security settings not being up to date – it is like leaving the front door of your home unlocked, open and unattended. Cyber Security Month is a good way of reminding people of the issue and some simple steps they can take to protect themselves to stay one step ahead of hackers.”

As part of the campaign OX IT Solutions cyber security team are advising businesses to install anti-malware software, keep software up to date, train staff, don’t share passwords and back up data.

“Data theft and cyber security attacks are growing at an alarming rate year on year and becoming increasingly sophisticated,” added Chris. “We hope Cyber Security Month can help ensure more people are better protected online.”

Ox IT Solutions specialises in providing network, infrastructure and cyber security solutions. It works with major blue-chip companies, healthcare institutions, local authorities and SMEs. Its clients include the Royal College of Nursing, NW London NHS Trust and Molton Brown.

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