Four Ways to Protect Your Business from Cyberattacks

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The most recent few years have accounted for the highest number, largest scale, and most damaging data breaches in history. From Equifax to Verizon to Yahoo, data and information security should be a top priority as we move into 2019.

As a growing business owner or home computer user, the scale of attacks you might face are smaller than the companies that will make the evening news, but the types of threats and things to look out for while you protect yourself are very similar.

The most common (and successful) cyberattacks are quite simple to categorize and can be mitigated significantly by a few changes in behavior. CSO details these thoroughly in their article: “The 5 types of cyber attack you’re most likely to face.”

As a countermeasure to these threats and to better protect yourself online, EVAN recommends these best practices:

Investigate

Many forms of data stealing malware are directly authorized for installation by the computer user! Before installing plugins, extensions, add ons, or updates directly from your web browser, be sure you are confident that the source of the file is legitimate. If unsure, always visit the manufacturer’s website or trusted app store directly before installing these items.

Be Skeptical

Phishing” emails that attempt to collect data by impersonating sites you trust are still incredibly successful and appear much more legitimate than in the past. To avoid potential fake links, navigate to the source website of the email directly before proceeding with the requested action. For an idea of what to look out for, here are the most commonly clicked phishing emails.

Update Your Software

Staying up to date with recent releases of your operating system, your web browser, and your anti-virus software can significantly reduce your exposure to security risks. Hackers target older software due to the higher number of unpatched vulnerabilities and limited manufacturer support.

Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

When available, enable this option! 2FA requires an additional step to log in to an account, typically requiring a code to be entered that has been delivered via text message or a phone app. When enabled, a user of a compromised password cannot access your account without also having possession of your mobile device or secondary credentials.

For further assistance acting on these recommendations or additional tips relating to your specific needs, please contact us right away.


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