The technology today is so advanced, it is beyond our imagination. The bad guys behind most of the cyber-crimes are geeky computer freaks, who can steal sensitive information about your businesses and small businesses often fall prey to these because of improper cyber protection. About 67% of the small businesses are forced to close down their business, mostly because they lose a lot of money due to these online frauds. Assuming that hackers and other cyber criminals like programmers who write codes to infect a business computer or criminals who steal personal bank details and extort money target only larger businesses may be the biggest mistake you are making. Organized cyber crime is bigger network than you may have thought. So taking some necessary precautions to keep your business safe is a wiser option.
- The most important thing to realize is that criminals have multiple ways to get into your system- trying a different route or though a different phishing mail. Make sure you have installed some kind of software that monitors the entire network’s functioning and detects potential elements that may lead to a data breach or intruders who are trying to get into the system. These softwares also screen for and repair any weaknesses that may prove helpful for the hackers who want to break into your business. So the first thing you should immediately so is to invest in a firewall, a latest anti-virus program and a spyware detector.
- The nest most important thing to keep in mind is have really strong and secure passwords for your online accounts. DONOT use the same password for each online activity, because if a hacker somehow manages to break into one of your online activity, he might as well have access to all of your other accounts. Use a varied combination of upper cases, lower cases, numbers and symbols.
- Protect your sensitive information through disk encryption. Encryption is converting data into unreadable codes to prevent trespassers from acquiring unauthorized information. Also encrypt your wireless network, so that random networks don’t get connected to your business computer network.
- NEVER connect to a public Wi-Fi network. Sometimes when you are out for business meetings or client meetings, you may need immediate internet access, and may want to connect to a public network administrator. This way you are making sensitive information vulnerable to hackers. In case of an emergency, use VPNs (Virtual Private Network) which secure internet connections and data.
- NEVER open any unknown links sent to you through spam emails. Sometimes cyber hackers manage to send viruses or malwares through emails through known ids- a friend’s or a colleague’s; they gather information through social networking sites and use them to make the spam email look legitimate.
- Avoid using USB ports, so that malicious data is not downloaded or transferred to other devices.
- Make sure you keep all your software, operating systems and browsers well updated. Change your setting such that nothing is downloaded or updated on the system without authorization.
The more immune you are, the wealthier your business would be. Stay safe, this may happen to you.