Five Bad Habits to Leave in 2020

We are now firmly into the New Year. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to take a step back and kick some of those bad habits. And that includes within your IT. Here are five bad IT habits you could do with leaving in 2020:

Using USB Sticks

If possible, we’d advise completely banning USB sticks within your organisation. Why? When plugged in, it’s easy for them to pick up and spread malicious software. A single flash drive can collapse an entire network if managed improperly.

Another reason is to protect against data being stolen. USB sticks make it incredibly easy for employees, or even outsiders to take data from an unlocked device.

We offer a service whereby you can register safe to use devices. This would then block all other devices, ensuring those being used are safe and managed.

Turning off Automatic Updates/Ignoring Updates

When you’re having a busy day, it’s easy to hit a delay button on any update pop-ups to your software. Particularly if you need to go through an administrator to action this.

It’s important to remember that updates aren’t just there to bring new features. They also bring bug fixes which could pose a security risk. Especially if left unattended for a long time.

Make sure you switch on automatic updates where you can. On many devices, you can adjust settings to only allow updates when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. This saves on using up your data. If you can’t use automatic updates, action the update at the earliest opportunity. As soon as an update is released, attackers can become aware of weaknesses in the software.

Ignoring Cyber Security Steps Because ‘It Won’t Happen to Me’

Whilst we see the large corporations hit constantly in the news, that doesn’t mean you’re not a target for cyber attacks. And there are simple steps you can take. This includes educating your staff and enabling tools such as password managers or multi-factor authentication. You could also undertake a security audit or the Cyber Essentials accreditation.

Be proactive and demonstrate to your employees, clients and suppliers that their data is secure with your business.

Not Using Multi-Factor Authentication

It’s a message we’ll share time and time again. Multi-factor authentication is the simplest way to protect your accounts. It’s free, it’s fast and it’s easy to set up and use.

Want to know more about how it works? Download our PDF guide or watch our video:

Multi-Factor Authentication Guide (PDF) | Multi-Factor Authentication Video Guide

Weak Passwords

Our last insight looked at the need to strengthen your password security. But it’s so important, we wanted to highlight it again!

Having a strong password is the first defence in keeping your private information from hackers and scammers. If you want to know how to set a strong password or check if yours has been compromised, read more here.

Discover how Breakwater can help your business. Call our team today on +44 (0)1603 709300 or email

Jamie Chapman

Systems Engineer

On the Service Desk it is down to us to deliver the help and guidance clients need when it comes to technical support.

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