What are a few tips for small businesses when it comes to cybersecurity?
There is no one-size-fits-all cybersecurity approach for businesses, but a good place to start is with the following five basic guidelines.
Be aware of fraudulent software and schemes.
Phishing is the most frequent and effective method that criminals use to try and convince individuals to click a link or share information such as their username, password or credit card number. Phishing can come in the form of unexpected or unsolicited emails, texts or phone calls that trigger emotions such as fear or sympathy. When a sender’s name is unfamiliar or incorrect and there are grammatical and spelling errors and threatening messages such as “account locked,” these are all good indicators that you’re dealing with a fraudster. You should delete these messages and report them if that option is available.
To stay clean, don’t click.
Even if you don’t provide any personal information, clicking links containing malicious software (malware) can provide criminals access to your systems. You and your employees should know the importance of reporting suspicious materials to your company’s cybersecurity department. If you don’t have one, you should contact your bank to put a hold on important accounts and check for fraudulent behavior if you detect suspicious activity. You should also complete a Federal Bureau of Investigation internet complaint. Keeping your machines clean with the latest security software, web browsers and operating systems can also greatly protect against viruses and other online threats.