Sometimes, businesses are so concerned about physical security that they forget about the virtual kind. It’s definitely vital to keep up with security technology, so your business doesn’t fall prey to common crimes; but keeping your business safe from cyber attacks is equally as important. There are a few misconceptions floating around that are trapping vulnerable company owners. Make sure you’re not painting yourself as a target–read on to disperse those myths that may have you fooled.
Myth #1: Cyber attacks don’t happen to small businesses.
The phrase “cyber attack” almost implies that it targets large and prominent businesses, like a virtual terrorist. But since cyber attacks are far more insidious in their nature, it isn’t uncommon that malware fiends go after the little guys. This is especially true if you’re a smaller business that answers to a larger company. 50% of businesses with under 2,500 employees were targeted for cyber attacks in 2011, and 18% of those were businesses with under 250 employees (source). With numbers like these, no business is too small to target.
Myth #2: I should buy this software because it claims to have identified malware.
Trusted antivirus programs–like Webroot or Norton–are trusted name brands that are easy to test for validity. But sometimes, you may have a pop-up window from an unknown brand that tells you to pay a certain amount of money to get rid of a virus. This is commonly known as spamware. You probably clicked on something nasty by accident, and malware is now infecting your computer. But don’t worry! These can be removed. Your data and information, however, can be stolen if you agree to send money to this spamware. Never enter your credit card information to an untrusted source, no matter what.
Myth #3: I don’t need a firewall.
You may say that you only visit three sites during the day–Facebook, your company’s website, and LinkedIn. You’re safe, right? These are trusted websites and can’t possibly give you viruses. The reality is, that’s just not true. Even a misclick on some infected ad, which occasionally show up on Facebook by accident, can download something less-than-favorable on your computer–and worse, on your network where confidential information is stored. Even if you only frequent sites that appear safe, a firewall will help keep your entire network safe–not just individual computers.
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