If you think that your business is too small to be attacked by hackers, think again. Data corruption, data theft, and general mayhem are their goals. Most small business owners sit back in a smug sense of security because they believe that only the major companies are targets. It is because they are small and complacent that hackers find small businesses a proverbial gold mine.
- One of the hackers greatest of ploys is to turn your site or your blog into a literal robot. Under the command of the hacker, your computer systems can be used to transfer all kinds of information straight to the hackers. This can be easily done and you won’t even realize it is happening until it is too late. There may be no direct data corruption but all of your information, like banking and customer information, will travel straight to the hacker’s laptop.
- It is important that you are running the latest upgrades of any software you have. Software makers tend to add security patches with each new update as certain security challenges arise. Running outdated software leaves you wide open to data corruption and information theft.
- You, also, need to have the strongest and most capable firewall you can get. It may be all that stands between the hackers and your company’s survival. Also, make certain that no one is using the same password for too long. Company and individual passwords must be updated and changed frequently. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. The more creative you are, the more difficult it becomes for the hacker to break in and cause severe data corruption or theft.
- Finally, try and move to HTTPS for more secure transmissions and communication. HTTP Secure protocols will allow you another blanket in your security in addition to hard to crack passwords and your firewall. Such measures will keep all of your online business as safe as is possible from various hard and soft hacker attacks and from the disaster of data corruption or information theft.