How to protect your business from online hackers
In 2013, over 1 billion people own a smart phone and 170 million own a laptop.
These days when there are an estimated 100,000 new virus threats per day, so statistically there is a 69% chance that you will get hacked in your life time.
So with this in mind, it is becoming increasingly important to protect not only yourself but also your business online.
Popular routes of entry used by hackers
One of the most popular entry points is through your social media account. A hacker might post a comment on Facebook prompting you to click on a link from another official looking Facebook account. When you click the link a virus is planted.
Hackers are also targeting people’s Skype account. They conduct a masked Skype call and disable a notification so that they can access your IP address. They can then find your location and track your movement through subsequent masked calls.
Hackers also use spam emails with a form of malware called Remote Access Trojan (RAT), which tricks users into visiting a specific webpage that grants them access to your webcam. They will be able to look out from the camera on your laptop even when you are not using it.
These days hackers are also targeting smartphones. They create apps or games with installed malware so that when they are downloaded your phone receives hidden SMS messages from which they can access your phone’s camera.
So what can be done?
Here are 8 Tips to help protect yourself and your business online.
1.Avoid Spam. You should never open emails from an unknown source. This is the most common way hackers plant a virus in your system.
2.Don’t click on a link from an email to bring you to a website. Type the URL’s in manually.
3.Change your passwords. It only takes 10 minutes to crack a six letter lowercase password so create different passwords for important accounts.
4.Disable the ‘remember your computer‘ feature. Hackers can spoof or copy your IP address or use malware to hijack your computer this way.
5. Be cautious of mobile downloads. Many mobile downloads come from a malicious game or application.
6. Use secure payment websites. Don’t enter your credit card details from your wallet. Choose a trusted secure site to make online payments.
7. Close your laptop when you are not using it. Doing this or putting tape over the camera when you are not using it will prevent hackers from spying on you through your laptop camera.
8. Update software. The most at-risk computers are running software which has not been updated or do not have an up-to date anti-virus installed.