Mass Working From Home is Increasing Our Vulnerability to Cyber-Attacks
Mass working from home and increased reliance on web purchasing leaves us exposed to a higher risk of cyber-attacks.
If you rely on the net for your income, or to share information with colleagues, read this article to learn how you can protect yourself and your business. With us all working from home, it’s a great time for cybercriminals.
Will Barber, a Shout About Suffolk Hub member offers some practical tips and advice:
“Cyber security is one of the biggest issues I find affecting businesses from an IT point and we are particularly vulnerable right now.”
Most criminals target businesses for two reasons:
bigger financial rewards (we are trading even more online)
Client data. Data is huge business and all of your client data is valuable.
Cybercrime is the biggest and most valuable criminal activity in the world. Reportedly $7 Trillion in 2019 and to rise by $1trillion each year.
Keeping yourself safe:
Apparently, every person who signs up to Facebook is worth around £170. All online interaction is worth money through clickbait, marketing etc. Watch the attached clip, which you will find both scary and interesting: https://youtu.be/sq-0tjv4_BA
Don’t make it easy: Have a 12 character password that is random and includes characters and numbers.
Change passwords regularly. Especially your work ones! Most simple passwords are easy to guess and much of your online activity will reveal key information about you.
clearscore.co.uk offer a free app to see if your email has been used on the dark web. Download the app free and check it out. Very simple to use, Will discovered “I found mine had been used over 17 times. And I am super careful.”
Clear your cache and cookie data after each use of the internet. How many people really do this. Will says “I never used to until I started tracking my how many people get my information from cookie and cache data. And the worst places for data gathering is news online. I typed in Coronavirus and visited 4 news articles: From the Guardian, The Telegraph, The BBC and the Daily Mail. You can see my data was sold to 179 third parties. In 2 mins! The tracker shows all of the people that are sold my info.”
There are some very simple ways to stay safe without needing to introduce complex systems or expensive security software and the most effective is the Human Firewall. You are your own best protection. Secure your passwords, check your accounts, download some reliable software or apps to track activity on your site and use of your email addresses… overall, be mindful of your activity online and speak to an expert if you are ever concerned!
This article was contributed to by our Hub member, Will Barber. He has extensive IT experience, please get in touch with Will if you have any concerns or questions regarding the digital security of your small business. firstname.lastname@example.org
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