Small Business-An Easy Cybercrime Target

Editor's note - "Can't happen here!", you say. Our experience is different. Nearly every week, our staff responds to security and other concerns that falls into the area of cybercrime. Most are fairly minor issues, however, we've worked with local clients with potentially devastating and costly breaches.

As an entrepreneur, you probably think hackers won’t bother with you because your business is too small to care about. In reality, cybercrime targeting smaller companies is on the rise. Why are cybercriminals after your business—and what can you do about it?

Cybercrimes cost smaller companies 12% more in 2015 than in 2013. Not only is it growing, it disproportionately affects small businesses. Visa estimates 95% of credit-card data breaches it finds happen to its smallest business customers.

When it happens, the consequences of cybercrime can be devastating to a small company. Cybercrime costs small businesses 4.2 times more per employee than it does larger businesses, and 60% of small businesses that experience a data breach go out of business within six months.

What makes your business such a tempting target for cybercriminals? Here are some of the weaknesses that attract hackers—and how you can best defend yourself against each.


Ransomware - A Growing Menace

Ransomware is tough subject. It's getting worse. There has been a significant increase in activity by a malicious ransomware software called Troldesh.

We have recognized that systems that are not actively managed or have no system access management policies are exceptionally susceptible to the current version of ransomware. The same can be said for systems with poorly implemented security systems.


Avoiding Public Wi-Fi Woes

Some of us travel a lot for business and even more of us travel occassionally for pleasure. Connecting to Wi-Fi is a regular activity while traveling. Unfortunately, not all Wi-Fi connections are secure and some of them are completely crooked. This article from our friends at Norton discusses public Wi-Fi access and how to keep your information safe.

Now that summer is here, it's not just families that will be filling airports and hotels. While other people may be vacationing, business travelers will continue to work their way around the country and the world. According to the quarterly GBTA Sentiment Business Traveler Index, these working travelers face challenges in staying productive on the go — and mobile connectivity is a large factor in the success of a business trip. Although often overlooked, staying secure on public Wi-Fi should also be an important part of business travel.


Keeping eCommerce Info Safe

Like it or not, virtually all businesses are using eCommerce in some way. We continually help clients with SSL certificates, deciding what data should be saved and where it should be stored. However, not every client contact need be virtual. There's nothing like a phone call or a meeting to help cement a long-term relationship.  

Ecommerce has become commonplace as businesses and online tools have made it easier and easier to exchange goods and services with customers around the globe.

While some consumers may have advanced knowledge of online security practices and feel confident shopping on various ecommerce sites, other consumers may not feel as comfortable. It's up to you as a business owner not only to convince potential customers to shop with you, but also to protect their information online. Follow best practices to protect your customers' sensitive online data.


What the heck are Grayware, Adware, and Madware?

We had heard of "grayware", but "adware" and "madware" were foreign. Like a moderized "Madmen"? Nope -- read on to learn about a few new terms in the ongoing security battle.

If you're like most Internet users, you've never even heard of grayware, adware or madware. That's because these are all lower on the threat scale in the world of malicious programming. What's more, they toe the line between legitimate programs and actively harmful applications.

Here's your quick guide to the new wave of code you don't want on your computer:

What Is Grayware?

Grayware is a more succinct name for "potentially unwanted programs". It's not a virus and it's not as obviously malicious as a lot of other problematic code floating around on the Internet. Make no mistake about it, though, that grayware needs to come off of whatever machine it's on. Not only is it probably already really bothering you every time you use your machine, it's also probably causing your machine long-lasting problems.

At their most innocuous, grayware infections are just annoying. For example, some grayware just barrage you with pop-up ads that make your Internet experience markedly slower and more labor intensive. However, in some situations, grayware might also be tracking what you do as you browse the Web. In any situation, grayware is opening you up to more noxious security issues just by being there. It's the tip of the spear that other forms of malware can exploit to get their way into your computer.


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