cyber security

It seems as if everywhere we look, there are new security hacks and breaches happening all over the digital landscape. No one seems to be safe, and even large retail powerhouses like Michael's, Target, and Home Depot have recently fallen victim to hackers.

Unfortunately, cyber hacks are not limited to only big businesses. Considering the fact that in 2013, there was an average of 82,000 new malware threats per day, small companies can just as easily fall victim to online sleuths. In fact, because these mom and pop operations have lower security, they often make attractive soft targets for cyber criminals.

So in order for you to stay as aware of malware as possible, here are three things you should know about cyber security protection.

  1. Less is more

    Simply put, a hacker cannot steal what you do not have. This means keeping your data to a bare minimum, as the higher volume of data you keep online the more you are susceptible to a hack. Do not collect sensitive data that you do not need in order to protect not only yourself but your clients.

  2. Practice active security

    You still have to protect the data you do choose to keep, so it is important you take proactive steps to defend yourself against hackers. This includes simple things like using a strong password, changing your password frequently, using eight characters or more, along with an uppercase letter thrown into the mix. Do not go basic just because it may be easy to remember! In fact, two million Adobe users reported using '12345678' as their password, so one moment of being lazy can potentially cause a lot of headaches down the line.

    Additionally, be wary of who you let handle your security features. Only allow this privilege to more experienced employees, or set benchmarks where an employee can only access data they require to do their job. If you aren't sure what big steps you need to take, then it may be time to invest in a professional cyber security assessment.

  3. Keep it simple

    Cyber security doesn't have to be hard. It all starts with basic precautions to protect your data, including keeping your WiFi password private, having regular network security assessments, installing a firewall, and investing in a quality backup disaster recovery solution with a qualified IT support company.

Just keep these tips in mind, and you will keep the hackers at bay!