Cybercrime is costing us big time. In fact, cybercriminals made off with $445 billion in 2018 alone!
As clever as cybercriminals have become, though, we can do a lot to combat their assaults if we work at being more careful about how we work online and offline.
What Can We Do?
The hacker’s best weapon is complacency. When we become complacent about our online security, we start getting careless. Maybe we click on that link in the email, or perhaps we use our online banking username and password on a less secure site. Or maybe we decide to access our office email on our old Android phone that hasn’t had a security update in years.
All the hacker needs is a chink in the armor to do some real damage. Something small that they can exploit. You know those Hollywood movies where a hacker is furiously typing code, trying to break through a firewall? Well, that’s seldom even necessary. All they have to do is to create a program trained to look for weaknesses and scatter them throughout the online world.
Unfortunately, 43% of cyber crimes target small businesses. That’s why you should never relax your guard. You need to ensure that you use every means at your disposal to protect your data. It all starts with using a top-notch anti-virus program and keeping it up to date.
Next up, consider taking some security awareness training courses to help you recognize what to look for (our infographic below is a great place to start).
Your precautions should continue with choosing a password that’s very strong. Your password should contain about 16 digits, with a combination of upper and lowercase letters, along with numbers and special characters.
You can round things off by encrypting important information on your system and performing regular backups. Now, while none of this is a guarantee that you’ll never be hacked, having each of these defenses in place means that if one lets you down, you have another layer of protection.
By 2020, companies are expected to spend an estimated $101.6 billion on cybersecurity software, services and hardware (checkout the infographic below for more facts like this one). Make sure you’re one of the organizations that’s planning to invest in the protection of sensitive busisness data!
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