How to protect yourself and your business against cybercrime, everything you need to know

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Cybercriminality : The threat of cybercrime is real. The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reports that 1 in 3 homes with computers are infected with malware and 47% of US adults have had their personal information exposed by cybercriminals.

The risk of cyberattack is significantly higher for companies. Businesses are an easy target for cybercriminals as they often target those with greater financial resources. Whether you have a small or a large business, you need to be protected against online attacks. Without it, you are in serious danger of putting your customers and your business at risk of theft.

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1. Use strong passwords

Above all, it is crucial that all employees in the organization use secure passwords. This requires using long passwords with a variety of characters.

Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts and avoid obvious passwords like “123456” or “password”, which are easy for hackers to understand. Use a password manager like LastPass or 1Password if you have trouble remembering lots of passwords. Also, be sure to update passwords regularly. They are less likely to be cracked this way.

2. Secure your network and devices

Then secure your company’s network and devices. This involves, among other things, keeping up to date with software and operating system updates and patches, using a web application firewall (WAF), configuring anti-spyware programs, and anti-malware, using a virtual private network (VPN), enabling spam folders, and using computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software. The more security measures you put in place, the better.

3. Use multi-factor authentication

Implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA), also known as two-factor authentication or 2FA, is crucial in addition to using strong passwords. By requiring additional credentials from users, MFA provides an additional layer of security to your accounts. You might need to enter a one-time code that was delivered to your phone, offer a fingerprint or eye scan, or answer a voice recognition question, for example.

Most online accounts already support MFA, so choose to use it whenever you can.

4. Encrypt your data

Data communicated over the Internet can easily be protected from the wrong hands by using end-to-end encryption. The data is essentially scrambled, and only the intended recipient and the appropriate encryption key can uniquely decode it.

To protect the messages and other files you exchange online, use encryption.

5. Get cyber insurance

Finally, if all else fails, consider getting cyber insurance. Your business will be protected from any financial loss caused by a cyber attack by cyber insurance.

Why risk a cyberattack bankrupting your business when you can eliminate the danger and enjoy peace of mind instead?

Good cybersecurity requires continuous work, but the effort is worth it. Your business will be in much better shape if you can implement all the cybersecurity best practices mentioned above.

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