In some cases all it takes to give a hacker or information thief access to your network and your data is one click. The results can be fatal, unless you take the necessary steps to protect yourself and ultimately, your business.
How to protect your business from digital disaster in 5 important ways:
1. Use Web Protection – Find a product or service that will screen URLs for malicious content as they are requested from your network. Make sure that updates are applied quickly to the service and ask how the product determines what to allow or block.
2. Don’t give information online that you’d hesitate to give in person – You wouldn’t give your bank password to a stranger on the street. Think of a website in the same way. Ask yourself why the site needs your Social Security number or is asking for your mother’s maiden name.
3. Use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) every time it’s available – SSL encrypts information sent from your browser to a server. Most services use a SSL enabled page to ask for your login information, or to complete a financial transaction online. Popular services such as Facebook and Google also offer options to turn on SSL whenever you use their service.
4. If you’re tempted to click on a news story or post from a friend that seems out of the ordinary, DONT – Scammers use current events and tragedies to encourage people to click on links that lead to malware. Use caution when searching for breaking news, as scammers have also poisoned search results to send people to infected sites.
5. Make sure you update your browser regularly – Many browsers now feature automatic updates, and these can address security flaws in your browser of choice. Use this feature and make sure to periodically check your browser to make sure it’s staying up to date.
There is no silver bullet that will eliminate all risks associated with using email and the web, but these simple steps will make you a more difficult target for hackers and scammers alike.