As a small business owner you are vulnerable to a cyber attack as hackers try to get access to your computer systems. In actual fact you’re even more vulnerable to being hacked than larger companies, as most larger businesses have their own department totally focused on cyber security.
Often small business owners don’t have the funds to install the most sophisticated defense systems, so it is important to educate yourself on how to avoid being hacked.
What is A Hacker?
A hacker breaks code to gain unauthorized entry into computer systems. Hackers usually do this with malicious intent or to cause as much disruption as possible. Often hackers just do it as a challenge just to say that “they can”.
The risk to small businesses arise when hackers gain unauthorised entry to cause a breach in data by stealing individuals personal information stored on the computer. Another risk to small businesses is when hackers cause damage, delete information or get access to finance records and bank details. The installation of secure and compliant data transfer will help to lower the risk of a data breach.
How Do Hackers Gain Access?
Without access no damage can be done, so an awareness of how hackers gain unauthorized access in the first place is a good form of defense.
Everyone who has an email address will at some point receive a phishing email. Some emails are quite bizarre and are obviously a scam, such as the famous Nigerian scam, where a Nigerian Prince wants to give you $millions in exchange for your bank details! Other popular scams include emails telling you that you have won a competition or that you have a job offer. All these scammers want your personal data for hacking purposes.
We admit it, it's super annoying having to remember a slew of different passwords, but it is essential that you don’t use the same password for everything.
Otherwise, if a hacker finds out your password they will get access to all your personal information and data.
A hacker may find out your password by installing a virus that records all your passwords stored. To stop your computer from getting a virus installed in the first place you should have up-to-date cyber security on your computer systems.
Similar to phishing emails, some scam emails have attachments containing a Trojan horse. The Trojan once installed by you downloading the attachment, allows hackers access to your computer. If you have effective cyber security software installed the trojan should be stopped before it is downloaded.
To conclude, the main ways to prevent being hacked is to have effective cyber security installed as a priority. Become educated on how to recognize spam emails and don’t inadvertently release personal information.
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