Hackers. This word strikes fear in the mightiest and tiniest of companies. Everyone is at risk. Security protocols are paramount. Your employees need to know the do’s and don’ts to make sure your sensitive data is protected.
Recently, an attempt was made on our bank account. Fortunately, our bank was on top of the situation, and we worked together to quickly shut down access to any and all potentially vulnerable data. According to an IBM study, 95 percent of business cyber-attacks are caused by human error. Reducing these errors can mean the difference between being exposed and being protected:
- Click cautiously: Hackers are creating more believable emails and landing pages, enticing you to click and give up credentials. Always hover over the button to see if the URL matches the site it’s claiming to be before you click.
- Take precautions: Web browsers have features (check the preferences) that flag fraudulent sites—use them.
Protect passwords: Seems obvious, but we often get password-lazy. Don’t re-use them. Don’t share them. And make them challenging. Passwords are your first line of defense. I highly recommend 1Password. I wrote about 1Password in my blogpost These are a few of my favorite apps.
Remember, even with security software and processes in place, protecting data has to start with your people. Make sure you’re covered. And then double check again.