Out of nearly 160,000 reported cyber incidents affecting businesses in 2017, 93 percent could have been prevented by following basic security measures such as regularly updating software, blocking fake email messages, using email authentication, and training employees, a new report claims.
How’s your cybersecurity these days? If you’re like most small businesses, it’s probably not that great.
In fact, recent statistics show that fewer than one-fifth of small businesses report their cybersecurity as highly effective. That’s a problem, given that over half of respondents say their small business has undergone a cyberattack or a data breach in the past year.
Do you use the same password for multiple accounts? A recent report from TeleSign shows roughly 3 out of 4 of us do so AND have not changed said passwords in over 5 years. It should not come a shock, then, to learn that around 40% of people polled have had a “security incident” in the past year (meaning an account was hacked, a password was stolen, or personal information was compromised).
Chances are you have an online account with a company that has been breached (Yahoo anyone). The problem is that data breaches occur so often these days that it's hard to keep up with the news. Have I been Pwned is a free resource that helps you determine if your account is at risk of being compromised in a data breach.
- Enable two factor authentication on each platform (e.g., require a login password AND a code to be entered that is sent to your phone via text). This will enable you to use the same password for all social media sites, although I do recommend to change passwords periodically.
- NEVER, I mean NEVER, click on links. Social media is one of the most widely used platforms for phishing and a fake email from Facebook sometimes looks like a real email.
- Turn on automatic updates for your computer. Patches fix bugs that hackers exploit.
- OK...I know I said 3 steps but this one is more difficult to follow. Assume someone is always watching, stay off public wifi (i.e., coffee shops), or at the very least don't do sensitive tasks while on public wifi.
There are no guarantees in life but proper cyber hygiene helps.
Did you ever delete that Myspace profile you created in 2005? When is the last time you logged in to your MSN Messenger account? If you are like me, you probably have way too many accounts out there for websites you don't use anymore. Now I'm not suggesting to go completely off the grid, and it's true you can't delete everything off the internet, but it is good practice to reduce your online footprint where possible. Companies don't want you to break up with them, so some make it very difficult to delete your account. Account Killer helps you delete personal information off a wide rage of websites.