20% of all malware in existence right now was created in 2013
In an age when we increasingly rely on things like computers and smartphones, it only makes sense that cyber security should be a big concern. While it's the job of IT support companies to provide these services to businesses, it's also important that you practice good cyber security habits on your own. That's because even the smartest cyber security systems on the planet can be completely undone by basic human error.

And with every year that goes by, the dangers of "cyber" get even scarier. Just because 20% of all the malware in existence today was created in or after 2013 doesn't mean it isn't going to harm your 2016 computer or phone. If you want to keep your machines and your small business safe, practice these dos and don'ts of business cyber security.

DO: Use Hard-to-Guess Passwords
The more obscure the password, the better. While it should still be something you can remember, try not to go for things like your first address, school, or your birthday. If you can think of an inside joke or reference, you'll probably be more prepared to pass a cyber security assessment. Not only that, but you should regularly change these passwords throughout the year.

DON'T: Leave Password Information Lying Around
No matter how obscure your password is, if you leave your password sheet open on your computer or lying around somewhere in the office, you're not practicing good cyber security protection. These documents should always be on your person or in a safe location.

DO: Use Different Passwords for Different Accounts
If someone guesses your password from one account, they shouldn't be able to get into any of your other accounts do. Change up your password completely or make variations between accounts to ensure all of your profiles are secure.

DON'T: Click Untrusted Links
If a link looks suspicious to you, don't click on it. A great way to discern the difference between trusted websites and scams is to search for reviews. If you find bad reviews, don't click. Also, be especially cautious on links you find in emails from strangers.

DO: Destroy Information Properly
While IT support companies might keep your technology secure, it's important for you to remember to keep your paper information secure, too. At maximum, you should keep important documents like taxes and big receipts for a year and then shred them before putting them in the garbage.

In truth, cyber security and paper security go hand in hand. If you practice these good habits, you should be looking at a secure and spam-free future.