Have You Been Hacked?
How to Minimize Your Risk
Just about every day, we read in the news that another company has been hacked. In fact, you might have already been directly affected by the password thefts at LinkedIn last year. Or you might have had your own social media account, email, or bank account compromised. Worse, many people get hacked but don’t even know it for some time.
So how can you minimize the damage and risk of hackers? Here are several tips, some familiar, some not so familiar. As you go through the list, check off the ones you’re already doing and make a list of new ideas to implement to protect your business and personal assets.
Implement strong passwords on all of your financial accounts: banks, credit unions, PayPal, credit cards, and your accounting system. We know it’s painful, but do not use the same password for your financial accounts anywhere else, especially social media! If possible, use a different password for each account to reduce risk further.
What’s Your Password?
Here are some quick password tips:
Most apps that help you save time with passwords are NOT safe! Often times they are little more than “field fillers”. Here’s what we do and don’t recommend:
A Plug for Software
As soon as a hacker has found a new exploit, the software companies will learn about it and make an update available within days. The hacker community is tight; other hackers will look for software that is not updated and exploit the hack. Avoid the copycat hackers by staying on top of your software updates, not just your anti-virus, but also Microsoft and other software updates. Doing this will eliminate much of the risk.
If multiple team members need to access your software, consider setting up additional users rather than having one account. If one person gets hacked, the others will likely still have access and can react quicker to the intrusion.
How many of these are you already doing? Give yourself a reward, and then get busy implementing the rest so you can stay safe.