How to Protect Your Data From Cybercrime
No business is safe from cybercrime, but small to mid-sized businesses are typically targeted by hackers. Using mobile devices and even cloud computing can be dangerous. The more information you store online, the more you are at risk.
How many times a day do you log in to accounts on your devices? What security do you have in place to keep those accounts safe from malicious activity? Hackers across the world are targeting small to mid-sized companies right now. It’s a frightening reality, but there are things you can do to make sure your using the internet safely. Consider utilizing the measures highlighted below to stop cybercrime from affecting your business.
The majority of security breaches that occur in businesses are due to an employee clicking on an infected file. By clicking on or downloading this file, the employee has unknowingly allowed a hacker access to their email account. The hacker then can use this information to infiltrate the rest of your business. It is vital to educate everyone in your business on the dangers of opening a phishing email. These emails are cleverly designed to look legitimate, and once opened the damage cannot be undone.
Create strong passwords.
One of the best ways to protect your data is with a strong password. How do you know if you have a strong password? Remember these guidelines:
- Create a password that is at least 8 characters long.
- Include both uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Add symbols to make sure you include at least one number.
- Store your passwords in a secure place that you will remember.
Also, utilizing passcodes on mobile devices will prevent someone from gaining access if the device is lost or stolen.
Use the latest versions.
How important are those pesky Adobe, Flash, or QuickTime software updates? Very! New potential dangers can hide found in these common software programs. It is very important to make sure that you are always using the latest version of each program. Your Managed IT Service Provider can automate all of these updates. Then you never have to worry about whether or not you are using the latest version.
Back up your data regularly.
Backing up your files and data regularly protects you from any disaster that may occur. These disasters can include files being accidentally deleted, a fire, or even water damage in the office. Make sure you are protected in the event of disaster by having an automated and monitored backup in place.
Be careful on the go.
Having your work available while on the go is becoming commonplace, because of personal devices such as phones, tablets, etc. If your company utilizes cloud computing, it’s easy to access files from anywhere. However, the convenience of cloud computing doesn’t come without risks. The biggest threat with cloud is an employee could have an infected device and open your cloud program. A hacker could then gain access to your data and cloud program. To monitor and prevent this from happening, encourage employees to only use company-owned devices for work, and ensure that an employee never accesses company files from a personal device or public internet connection.
Use a strong firewall.
A firewall blocks all unwanted traffic (both inbound and outbound) from your computer network. With assurance from your IT partner, regular monitoring and updating of your firewall should occur during routine maintenance.
Monitor your bank account.
If a hacker gains access to your company bank account and withdraws money, then you are liable for those funds. Your bank is not responsible for lost funds from a company account due to a hacker. It is important to regularly monitor your accounts and make sure you are protected by a source you trust.
Are you doing everything you can to protect your business? Contact Custom Information Services today to help safeguard your business from malicious activity.