Posts tagged "hackers"

Are you prepared for cyber-attack?

December 11th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Are you prepared for cyber-attack?”

Cyber-attacks are no laughing matter.

44% of small businesses reported they were a victim of a cybercrime, with an average cost of $9,000 per cybersecurity attack. Small and midsize businesses (SMB) are at greater risk of cyberattacks than large corporations. 69% of SMBs are unaware of the risks and costs of a cyberattack. Is your business prepared? Take this short test from Microsoft to test your knowledge and start safeguarding your business today:

Keys to keeping your accounts safe

September 25th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Keys to keeping your accounts safe”

BYOD Bring Your Own Device Security Blue

According to Google, getting “hacked” is the main concern for website owners and rightly so, as Google has noticed a 180% increase in the number of sites getting hacked over the last year.

  • Strong Password for FTP or Content Management Access. The general rule is use letters, upper and lower case, numbers, and symbols in your passwords, but the best protection of all is to have a long password. And it should go without saying that you should not use the same password on multiple accounts. Use 1Password to protect yourself and keep from going crazy, and while you’re at it, check out A Few of My Favorite Apps.
  • Keep your software updated. Next to weak or compromised passwords, outdated software is the next most common reason a site gets hacked. Failing to apply patches and keeping your software on current versions is an invitation to hackers to seek out your site.
  • Hosting. Not all hosting companies provide the same level and quality of services. Some popular platforms require more frequent updates. Ensure that your provider has a security policy in place to provide timely operating system updates to protect your hosting space.
  • Use Webmaster tools provided by Bing and Google and hosting services site statistics when available. These tools can help you identify security concerns with your domain.

If you have ever experienced a site hack, you know how expensive and time consuming it can be to clean up the mess. If you have not, be forewarned that it may only be a matter of time before your site gets attacked. Make sure you have not left any doors open for the hackers to simply walk through.

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Hackers: How to protect your data

July 3rd, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Hackers: How to protect your data”

Who has your data?

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.

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