Along with the facilities of modern technology, there are some problems too. As more and more people are using the internet for financial transactions, hackers and evil-minded people are also targeting the businesses to take advantage of their vulnerabilities. In this post, I will discuss some of the most common methods hackers use and how to save your business from these threats.
Malware is an umbrella term for various types of security threats like virus, Trojan, worms, rootkits etc. In simple terms, malware is a collection of code which intends to destroy valuable data, get unauthorized access to personal files or send spammy emails to other persons. In most cases, malware comes from opening untrusted email attachments, or installing software from unreliable sources.
Therefore, being alert is the best way to prevent these things. Additionally, you should use reliable anti-virus software, firewall and keep your computer updated.
Phishing is an advanced trick to send illegal requests while making them look like they are coming from legitimate sources. These attacks are conducted via email. The users are encouraged to click on a link and provide their personal information. Due to the use of sophisticated technologies, it is becoming a lot harder to separate the phishing emails from the legitimate ones.
Applying common sense is the best line of defense against the phishing emails. Before you click on any link included in the email, make sure that the email has arrived from a trusted email address. If something looks suspicious, you should contact the respective service to ensure that everything is okay.
Ensuring the proper security for your classified business documents is an essential task for any entrepreneur.The risk is more severe when you are not using a dedicated document management system. If you store the sensitive files in the regular storage service or in your company server, there is a chance that hackers might manage to access these files.
When you are using a specialized document management system, you are guaranteed about the security of your essential documents. These systems will allow you to restrict access to any document to a specific individual or a group of individuals. It is also possible to allow one-time access or limited access to these files.
Denial of Service Attacks
Denial of Service (DoS) attacksis a very common method of disrupting the regular functioning of your network. In these methods, the attackers send an incredible amount of request to your network. Being unable to process all these requests, your network gets overloaded and starts malfunctioning. The most common DoS attack method is Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). In this method, multiple computers are used to send high volume request or traffic to your system.
While there is no specific way to prevent the DoS attacks, common sense works here as well. You need to keep your computer updated, use a reliable anti-virus program and be aware of any unusual activity in your computer or in the network.
As you can see, hackers use a lot of techniques to get access to your website. However, if you follow the tips provided above, you will be able to keep your sensitive data safe from those people. Do you have any other tip which can enhance the business security? Let me know in the comments.
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