Technology has changed the lifestyle of Americans and everywhere else around the world. But as people get to sit longer in front of their computers or chatting with colleagues or acquaintances on their smartphones, little do they know the risks involved in opening up a gateway for others to snoop in or worse, steal their identities without them knowing it.
A couple of years back around 95% of networks were breached by hackers. These networks belonged to three of the top-ranking industries in the country, namely the government, technology, and retail networks. Around 43% of all cyber attacks occurred in small businesses, while 64% of all companies reported experiencing web-based intrusions from hackers. Phishing and social engineering attacks affected 62% of companies while malicious code and bot attacks hit around 59% of companies and 51% resulted in service decline due to fraud attacks. Since 2013, reports revealed that an average of 3,809,448 records was stolen from network breaches each day, which makes it an average of 158,727 per hour, 2,645 every minute and 44 in every second of the day.
These attacks are often randomly aimed at IT consulting companies even just to prove a point that security systems are no match for hackers.
Create complex passwords
The first line of defense to secure your online profiles and networks is to constantly update passwords using a complex combination of characters, symbols, and numbers. Make sure the password you create is not related to any information that could be linked to your personal profile or confidential data.
Practice safe surfing as well. Phishing websites often mask their malware with clickable links that could open your system to vulnerable attacks when you open or view it. Surf the internet using only trusted and recognizable sites to reduce the risk of getting your system infected.
Make sure your online protection software is up to date
Be mindful of boosting your network security or update your online protection regularly. It is critical that you make sure you are a step ahead of every new malicious software or coded program that could damage your system.
Cloud service providers often include such options to facilitate over-the-air software or protection updates as part of their service to clients. A simple way to do it is to always run your online protection software update scans first thing when you turn on your device and before you start working on your computer. This ensures that your system has been updated and swiped clean of potential threats before you start working.
Avoid suspicious online activities
It often comes in a tempting notification or message from an unknown source, so make sure that you avoid accessing those links provided. Be wary of communication that you receive and always counter-check if a message is valid or not. Always err on the side of caution because it always pays to be prepared than not at all.