Cyber crime happens daily, and it can have a devastating impact on your business. Norton LifeLock revealed that over the last year, nearly 330 million people across 10 countries fell victim to cyber crime and more than 55 million people were victims of identity theft. Following these 10 simple steps will not only protect your business, but will also protect your clients.
Watch for red flags, including:
- Communications that express a sense of urgency and ask you to act quickly
- Links from outside sources
- Misspelled website and email addresses
- Content that says you’ve won a prize or contest
- Content that appears to be from your bank, the IRS, or other government agencies
Follow best practices like:
- Avoid clicking on links whenever possible
- Call to verify the validity of emails from outside sources
- Consider using passphrases rather than passwords (they are longer and more complex)
- Select your security questions carefully – if you decide to use your favorite band, for example, make sure that you don’t post about the same favorite band online regularly
- Research insurance cyber coverage and other protective software
As more cyber crime takes place, businesses are seen as targets more than ever. It’s extremely important to educate yourself and your employees of these crimes. Follow these simple steps and get the coverage you need to protect your business.