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SecureSuite

Our new unbeatable email and system security package from Coretek – SecureSuite!

Coretek are proud to be launching our brand new, comprehensive security package – SecureSuite.

SecureSuite offers industry-leading, complete protection for your email and data and comprises of three distinct products:

SecureStore – Dependable Cloud and On-Site Backup

SecureArchive – Secure Email Archiving

SecureFilter – Advanced Email Filtering

The fundamental need for email and file protection

The cyber terrorists and hackers of this world are finding more and more sophisticated ways to get access to your information. 2017 was a tipping point where this has come to the forefront with recent high profile victims including: the NHS, Renault, FedEx and Hitachi, amongst others. A serious attack can be debilitating for an organisation of any size – especially those in the SMB and SME categories, who may never recover from the aftermath.

The solution

Here at Coretek, we take protection of our clients extremely seriously and continually review the products we recommend to ensure that we offer the best products on the market. As such, we are confident to promote our new SecureSuite of products as the best in their respective fields.

Each one has been specifically chosen to a counteract a particular threat, whilst working together provide a holistic approach to keeping you protected.

SecureStore – Your Plan ‘B’ in case of an emergency

SecureStore is our dependable backup solution that will allow you to restore your vital files and folders in the case of virus attack or accidental deletion.

Backups are stored both on-site and to the cloud for the best of both worlds – the restore speed of on-site and the assurance of having an additional backup in the cloud. Our cloud backups are fully encrypted so you can rest easy that your data is safe with us.

SecureArchive – Your safety net for email

SecureArchive provides the safety net to assure you that even if emails are deleted from your inbox, they can be quickly restored.

Most organisations understand that they need to back up their data. However, email availability is often an afterthought or not considered at all. Email is the primary means of communication for many, if not most organisations and just like with files, the loss of an important email could be extremely damaging. Our SecureArchive not only keeps your email safe but also is invaluable for those who need to keep archived email for regulatory purposes and its advanced search options can even help improve efficiency.

SecureFilter – The security guard for your inbox

SecureFilter is our email filtering solution that keeps your inbox clear from spam and protected against viruses and targeted email attacks.

Over 100 billion emails are communicated every day and recent email statistics state that over half of this email traffic is categorised as spam. SecureFilter blocks spam before it reaches your inbox, keeping you free to concentrate on what counts. Furthermore, it provides you with the autonomy to block or allow any email you choose. SecureFilter also works hard to keeps your inbox free from targeted attacks such as phishing, as well as protection against viruses and cyber fraud by using the latest in AI technology. These attacks are fast becoming the biggest threat to any business and having adequate protection in place could save your organisation thousands of pounds.

If you would like details on any of the SecureSuite products, get in touch with the team today.

SelectaDNA

Security measures to consider for your prize assets!

Want to prevent the theft of your equipment? We have a solution that can do just that.

Here at Coretek we can now offer security marking through Selectamark Security Systems plc. Security marking is quickly becoming an essential tool in protecting your prized possessions. Whether you’re a school with multiple laptops, tablets and computers that need to be protected or you’re a business with an office full of essential assets, there is a solution for you.

SelectaDNA

SelectaDNA is ‘the worlds most advanced forensic solution in tackling theft, robbery and burglary’. This system links criminals to crime scenes and it can help to provide a lot of evidence in a court of law. SelectaDNA has multiple products within its portfolio; ; SelectaDNA Property Marking Kits are excellent for use in schools or offices.The formula can be applied to any item of your choice and is specifically DNA-coded to the school, company or individual person. If these items are stolen and later found, the police will be able to return them to their owner.  This can be done through looking at the DNA-code that is written on one of microdots within the formula, which tells the police who the owner is. Each bottle of SelectaDNA contains a completely unique DNA sequence that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

All SelectaDNA products come with warning signs and marked property identification stickers, which should be applied to your market equipment and devices. These act as deterrent to reduce the chance of crime happening in the first place as acquisitive criminals are fully aware of the risks of being caught in possession of SelectaDNA marked property. This police and insurance approved system has been proven to reduce burglary by up to 83%. Once you have marked your property, you then need to register your unique DNA code on the secure SelectaDNA database (www.secureassetregister.com).

SelectaMark

Selectamark is the original chemical etching system, developed in 1985, and still as popular as ever. SelectaMark is used to permanently and visibly mark your property, such as computers, laptops and tablets. used to visibly mark your assets. Property marking is recommended by the Home Office and Police, and offers a quick, neat and professional way to mark your equipment with your company’s name and postcode, using a stencil and chemical etching solution. Marking your equipment makes it less attractive to thieves –  as the value of marked property drops dramatically on the second hand market.

If you would like to know more on how you can get one of these solutions, please contact us at enquiries@coretek.co.uk or call us on 0800 304 744 today!

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How to securely remember all of your passwords

A Password Manager is a software that will store all of your login information for the websites that you use. If you want to keep your favourite sites safe from any security breaches, then a password manager is the way forward. Generally you would repeat your password across different sites, right? Well, with a Password Manager you are able to create the safest Password with no worry of remembering them.

Key features

Password Manager

Password managers will remember all of your login in credentials and will take you directly to your favourite websites. All you need to remember is just the one ‘master password’. The use of the Password manager makes your experience online easier and more secure.

Password Generator

Now that you do not need to remember your numerous login details, you no longer need a password that happens to be the same for all of your sites. You can choose a very secure password with no worries. If you have trouble coming up with a secure password, a password manager can help. The password generator will create you a secure password containing a mix of numbers, letters and punctuation at a length of your choice.

Password Sync

When you install a password manager onto your computer you essentially have a browser add-on. This makes it applicable to be used on multiple devices when installed to use on the majority of browsers and devices.  All of your login credentials will then be synced on all of your devices.

Form Filler

The form filler will enable you to fill in long forms with the click of a button. You can enter your details into the setup and then when you are on a site where  you need to fill out a form, you simply select the  correct button and all the details will be automatically filled in.

Secure notes

A  Password Manager can create secure notes so you can save highly important details such as your credit card details. By saving tehse details, you will then be able to make purchases with a click of a few buttons.

Multiple accounts

If you have multiple accounts under the same site, there  is no need to worry. You can save up to however many accounts you need. This makes it perfect if you have multiple Gmail or WordPress logins.

Which Password Manager software should I choose?

There are many types of Password Managers out there. Two of our favourites are RoboForm and LastPass. Both are password management tools, but they have a few differences. RoboForm is a password manager and form-filler that is usable everywhere with guaranteed security. RoboForm does come at a price at $19.95, currently on sale at a bargain $9.95. If you want to find out more about more about RoboForm, take a look here.

LastPass is also a password management tool that takes the effort out of managing your passwords. LastPass offers a similar set of features to RoboForm such as: securely saved passwords, secure notes and password generator. The main difference between the two products is that LastPass offer a free version. This is an excellent, fully featured edition of the software. The advantage of the premium version is that your password vault will sync between all of your devices.

Online or Offline?

The other option to consider is whether to use an online password manager like RoboForm or LastPass or to go with an offline password manager. The difference is that local password managers are installed locally on your computer. This is a good option if you don’t feel comfortable saving your passwords to an online password vault. Good options for a local password program include 1Password * ($64.99) and KeePass (Free). If you decide to only save locally, the disadvantage is that your passwords will only be accessible in one place.

*1Password offers local and online options

Are my passwords secure?

All of the password managers mentioned above securely encrypt your passwords. This means that the chance of these being decrypted by a hacker is extremely unlikely. The weak point in any password manager is the master password. So make sure this is as secure (i.e. complex) as possible including: lower, upper, numerical and special characters. Many of the above solutions also offer two-factor authentication – which means you will need the master password AND another separate piece of information to gain access. This offers another level of security and additional peace of mind for you.

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Top Tips: How To Protect Your Website from Hackers

Having one of your clients phone you up to say their website has been hacked over the holidays, is not something any IT support company wants. However, just that thing happened only this last week to a client who has a website hosted by another IT provider. Following on from this act of destruction, we thought we should put together an article on website security and hacking.

You are probably already aware of what hacking is. But for those who don’t –  hacking is the action of somebody, generally referred to as a ‘hacker’, gaining access to your website/social media profile etc. without authorisation. They could be doing this for a number of different reasons – to steal personal information, to take down the website or to control the site, or even just for fun.

Hackers have many different ways which they use to hack into operating systems. To name a few; Cross Site Scripting (XSS), Clickjacking and SQL Injection. Hackers create code that they ‘inject’ that will have affect on the site. They can hack through spam email and pop up windows.

Unfortunately there is no way to completely protect your website, however there are steps that you can take to make it as difficult as possible for the hackers. Below are some things that you can do to secure your website from these hackers. We have chosen a few of our favourite top tips!

 

Username and Password Strength

Hackers are able to get into your system by using a downloadable program that can guess your usernames and passwords in seconds. To help to prevent hackers from guessing your username/password you should change it regularly and it should be a very strong username and password. A strong username/password is a word that includes letters, symbols and numerical characters. You should keep this to no less than 8 characters. You can use the below link to run through a few words to see how secure they are. But DO NOT use your own current passwords!

https://howsecureismypassword.net/

 

Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is based on the principal of a) something you have, and b) something you know. So when a user enters a password, they are then asked to complete a second verification step such as entering a code sent to them by text, via an automated phone call, or by using a “soft token” which is an app which contains a code to verify the password.

This is becoming increasingly more popular with companies for logging in, especially with the likes of banks or other companies which store a lot of your data such as Google.

 

Update your Software

One of the best ways to protect your website, is by keeping all of the software up to date. Always ensure that you check for updates, patches and new versions of programs and plugins. Once you have verified the update is genuine and is not going to cause issues to your website, install the updates.  If you are running plugins, only download them from websites that you trust.

 

Security Plugins

There are some plugins that you can purchase in order to provide higher levels of security. A plugin called ‘SiteLockis useable for both HTML pages and CMS-managed sites. This plugin provides daily monitoring for everything, including vulnerability identification, virus scanning and malware detection.

 

Web application Firewall

A web application firewall (WAF) sits between your website server and data connection. It reads every bit of data passing through it and can be either a software or a hardware facility.

The WAF works by blocking all hacking attempts and filtering out any unwanted traffic. Many WAF’s nowadays are seen through the form of a ‘Cloud’ based service.

 

Back-Up

You should always keep your files and data backed-up. Always keep a back-up just in case your website does get hacked –  you have a second copy of everything. If you don’t know how to back up, take a look at our blog on what backing up is and how to do it.

 

Switch to HTTPS

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), is a secure communications protocol that is used to transfer sensitive information between a user, website and the web server. The way that this protects the website is, for example, when a user fills in a ‘subscribe’ form on your site, HTTPS protects this personal information. Data sent using HTTPS is secured via ‘Transport Layer security’ protocol which provides three layers of protection.

 

Public Wi-Fi

You can never really have any idea of how secure public Wi-Fi spots are. This being in hotels, the airport or your local coffee shop. If you do need to use these public Wi-Fi spots, then there are two ways around this. You can set up a hotspot on your smartphone using your mobile data. To find out how to set up a hotspot for your android check it out here, and for an iPhone here. Another way to avoid interruption into your online roaming, is Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). These encrypt traffic so that the Wi-Fi network is unable to see what you’re roaming.