In a recent article posted on CNN Money titled, Nearly 1 million new malware threats released every day, the author shares data from reports recently released discussing the seriousness of cyber attacks.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter how small your business is, you should be taking precaution to protect yourself and your customers.
There are two things from the CNN Money article that I want to focus on.
- Bugs can be a open doors
- New social media scams
Bugs are Open Doors
Hackers are using old computer bugs that companies haven’t gotten around to fixing. In nearly 90% of cases, hackers relied on computer bugs that have been around since 2002. (source: Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report)
If you’re getting those notices that you need to upgrade your operating system, or some other piece of software, you may want to get on that, but be sure to download the software from the right source, otherwise, you could be at risk of downloading some other virus (very common strategy).
Most people fail to update their computers for a couple of reasons;
- Too time consuming
- What if it breaks something?
- Fear of getting a virus
- Cost too much
These attacks can spread fast.
When hackers release a wave of malware-laced spam emails, it only takes 82 seconds for someone to get duped and become the first victim. And when hackers successfully break into a particular type of company — like a bank or movie studio — they’ll use the same method to attack another firm in that industry within 24 hours. (source: Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report)
Social Media Scams
These types of scams are on the rise. And the sad part, we do it to ourselves by sharing videos and other content that includes links to infected sites.
When somebody hacks into your friends Facebook or Linkedin account and starts sending messages to you, their friend or connection, then they start posting spam laced content to their profile, you and other friends, because you trust that person, click to view or open their messages and your hit with a virus.
Hackers are taking advantage of common social media activities.
One example is called “Likejacking”. They use fake “like” buttons to trick people into clicking on website buttons that install malware and may post updates on a user’s news feed, spreading the attack.
What Can You Do?
If you’re a small business, there is even more reason why you should allocate a portion of your budget to hire a competent team of outsourced IT techs to manage your computers and networks for you. Make it one less thing to have to worry about, and feel confident knowing you have the best protection possible.
However, if you think you can handle it, be sure to do these three things:
- Use a Webroot Antivirus software
- Have a really good firewall
- Use CrashPlan for daily backups and offsite storage
As a smart businessperson, I’m sure you’ll evaluate the cost of prevention against the cost of restoration. Contact us to get a quote on what it would cost to have our techs manage your IT needs.