How to Prevent a Cyber Attackbeing there // on Tuesday August 2, 2016
Less than one month before Christmas of 2013, many people’s worst nightmares came true. Target, one of the most popular department stores and a very busy place during the holiday season, had a huge data breach that affected roughly 70 million people. Credit card information, names, addresses, emails and phone numbers were all stolen.
Technology has become an essential part of our everyday lives. With smart phones, computers and similar electronic devices, we now live in a world where anything can be stored, and found, on the internet, making it very easy for hackers to get ahold of.
In 2015 alone, 169 million personal records were exposed as a result of data breaches. No organization, regardless of size, is safe from a cyber attack. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to help protect yourself and/or your organization from unwanted hackers.
Keep your firewall turned on at all times. This will help protect your computer from hackers who will try to gain access and either crash it or steal information off of it.
Use antivirus and antispyware software. This type of software can detect and remove harmful software programs that try to embed in your computer causing a breach of data or crash. To keep this software running properly, make sure it is always up to date.
Be cautious of what you download. Some attachments and internet downloads can actually be a link to a virus that can harm your computer. Never open an attachment from someone you do not know and/or are not expecting, and be certain any internet downloads are coming from a trusted website.
Regularly change your passwords and make them strong. Many people use initials, birthdays and other special dates for passwords. These are very easy for hackers to guess. Use strong passwords containing a combination of letters, numbers and symbols for the most protection. Also, be sure to regularly change your passwords, and do not use the same password for every account. To help manage your different passwords, you can use a Password Manager.
Secure your network. In today’s technologically advanced world, multiple devices can connect to a single network. It is important to make sure all of these devices are secure and cannot harm your network. Use passwords for your Wi-Fi network and monitor all devices connected. A network scanner, such as Fing, can help identify all of the devices connected.
Protect yourself. Monitor your credit card activity to ensure no suspicious activity is taking place. You can also do this by signing up for real-time alerts where your bank or credit card company will notify you if something suspicious occurs. Also, a great way to prevent your information from being stolen is to keep your information private. Share as little personal information as possible. A hacker cannot get ahold of it if it is not out there to get ahold of.
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A cyber attack on you and/or your organization can be detrimental. Above are just a few of the steps you can take to gain protection from hackers. By simply being aware and knowledgeable of cyber attacks, it greatly helps to prevent one from taking place.
For organizations who want protection from a cyber-attack, GuideOne proudly offers Cyber Liability Coverage. With this coverage you can protect your organization from damaging computer viruses, unauthorized electronic funds transfer, libelous content on your website and private data loss. To learn more about Cyber Liability coverage, contact your GuideOne agent or request a quote online.