Top 4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Data Breaches
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Data breaches are on the rise. With thousands of cyber-attacks occurring daily, here’s what you need to know to keep you and your business safe.
Data breaches target businesses of all sizes and industries—not just large businesses. In the past year, most data breach victims were businesses with under 1,000 employees
While there are many types of malware and data breaches, most of them follow similar strategies.
Hackers leverage weak passwords to break into systems. Other times, individuals are tricked into following links or attachments that may cause malware to infiltrate the system.
At this point, malware goes through all information in a system, sometimes even changing the code without your knowledge.
From there, hackers either share the stolen information for profit or use the stolen information to hold your systems hostage for a payout.
Their primary goal is to make a profit through cybercrime, whatever the cost.
How do I prevent data breaches?
1. Set strong passwords
81 percent of hacking-related breeches used weak or stolen passwords to get in. Using two-factor authentication and tighter passwords gives you better security and makes it tougher for your systems to be compromised.
Use these tips for create, remember, and or share a secure passwords
- Your password should be at least a minimum of 12 to 14 characters in length
- Mix your passwords with Capital Letters, Lower-Case Letters, Numbers, and Symbols
- DO NOT use combination of dictionary words
- Create at least 5 separate unique passwords and use them for different logins
- Never write down your entire password. Instead write down 2 to 4 characters that will help you remember your password
- Never share your password but if you have to, change your password to a temporary password before you give it to someone else. Immediately change it back afterwards.
2. Avoid clicking links from unknown sources
If you do not recognize the name of someone sending you a message as a reputable source, avoid clicking on any links.
Examples of this are vague emails asking you to click a link or friends who may have been hacked sending suspicious content.
3. Watch out for suspicious downloads
Most malware comes into your system through downloads. If something you do not approve starts downloading, immediately cancel the download or go into your files to uninstall it.
4. Back up your data
Should the worst happen, you want to be prepared. Make sure you are equipped with a recent data backup of your system (or even better—a complete disaster recovery of your entire system) in case data breaches bring your systems down. This reduces down time and gets you back up and running.
Data breaches are on the rise and hackers will continue to find new ways to steal your information.
Creating stronger passwords and using two-factor authentication wherever available is a good practice.
Avoiding suspicious links and downloads from unknown sources.
Creating a data backup and a disaster recovery plan will save your life and you will be the hero of the year.
Need to know how your security measures stack up? Contact us for a free quote or more information on how to protect yourself from cybercrime.
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