14 Apr

Are You An Easy Target For Hackers?

    Don’t Be A Target for Hackers

    Take a moment to recount the amount of data that you store on your devices every day. From grocery lists to confidential business emails, family photos to financial records, we are constantly keying in an itemized summary of our lives. A few clicks can reveal what we look like, where we like to eat and who our friends are. A thief can just as easily access the specifics needed to steal, exploit and impersonate us.

    Hacking is a major threat to personal and business security. Once a cybercriminal has access to an account, there is no telling the amount of financial and reputational havoc they can reek. Hackers can drain bank accounts, open fraudulent credit cards and sell information to illicit third parties. They can even hold computer files hostage and demand a ransom be paid for their release.

    Who Is Most At Risk?

    The average victims of cybercrime are median-income individuals and small businesses. Small businesses are typically the most sought-after names on a hacker’s hit list because they usually haven’t established heavy-duty security protocols to keep data safely sealed. It doesn’t take a hacker very long to ‘pick the lock’ of an unsecured business and collect every financial credential and consumer detail available.

    While breaches do occur frequently in top-level organizations, the numbers do not compare to the volume of small to medium-size organizations that are taken down by cybercrime each day. Unlike powerful corporations, smaller businesses do not always recover from these attacks.

    How To Prevent Hacking

    1. Evaluate Your Email Service

    One of the most common ways for a crook to gain access to information is through email. Invest in a hosted email account rather than using a free service. Hosted addresses look professional and offer lots of storage. They also guarantee excellent encryption and an exceptional filtering system to keep malicious mail out of your inbox.

    1. Strengthen Your Passwords

    Every employee within your organization should be using strong, undecipherable passwords that have no ties to personal or company information. The best passwords are long, complex strings of alphanumeric code. Using two-factor authentication is another important component to amplify your security.

    1. Monitor Your System

    Active monitoring – provided by Managed Services or in-house IT staff – is extremely effective for detecting suspicious behaviour so it can be immediately dealt with.

    It is never too late to take action against cybercrime. Please contact us if you would like to know more about how to protect yourself and your business.

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