Hacking. it’s not just for Anonymous and the U.S. government anymore.
Cyber-crime is ever-encroaching and can happen to anyone. Including you and your business. In fact, it’s cost the global economy more than $400 billion, and it’s increasingly hurting smaller operations.
The problem goes far beyond the leaking of sensitive emails and sexy selfies. Targeted attacks against small businesses nearly doubled in 2013. And of the one in five that experience a cyber attack annually, 60% will close their doors within six months as a result..
But not you. Protect your biz.
1. Be password-savvy. If your password is still “Password123,” it’s time to get serious. Create unique codes for each of your accounts, and make sure they’re at least 8 characters long (with a few special ones thrown in). Liam is the King when it comes to creating complicated passwords. A password like #3fhd_e82^Reydr20! is what I'm talking about. Just make sure you have it written down SOMEWHERE.
2. Encrypt emails and valuable information. If a hacker does breach your system, encryption makes it that much harder to get away with critical data.
3. Back up your data. Copying your key company data onto a cloud-based system, such as Dropbox or OneDrive, or a USB hard drive takes minutes, and will save you time and anxiety if your system is ever compromised.
The founder of River City e|Marketing. Liam is a marketing strategist, songwriter, and English Professor. In addition to giving Ted (of "Ted & Buster" fame) his sarcastic, confident voice, Liam also specializes in copy writing, business management, SEO, and building true mobile websites.
The man behind the pen (and stylus), Frank Sasso serves as web designer at RCeM Designs. Years ago, Frank worked as chief penciller for the character "Stimpy" from "The Ren & Stimpy Show". He also trained Disney animators for their work on "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast".