Cybercriminals are extremely sophisticated, but there are 3 tricks they use with tremendous success that you need to be aware of.  Knowing their sneaky schemes will help prevent your business from becoming a victim.

#1 Trick:   Sending an e-mail that looks like it came from a reputible        company, and getting you to click on a link .   Phishing e-mails are their most successful tactics, and they keep getting more sophisticated.  Hackers have access to the same cutting edge online marketing tools that legitimate companies have, allowing them to send highly targeted messages that look completely legitimate from sources you trust...including your bank.  These e-mails often use your name, your professional title, and may even reference something personal to you such as a group you belong to. If you open their e-mail, click on their links or respond, you're inviting a hacker into your network.  Most people don't understand that when you click on a link in an e-mail, you bypass the firewall and anti-virus software and allow free reign of your computer.

Lesson:  NEVER click on, open or respond to any e-mail requesting personal information, passwords, or login details, and do not click on links in e-mails.  Always go directly to the site by manually typing the URL into your browser.  

#2 Trick - Automated attacks on passwords that work around the clock.  Today there are software programs used by cybercriminals that systematically test millions of possible passwords to break into your computer.  Passwords that are easy to guess, like "password" and "qwerty" are no match for these super-apps that will constantly hammer away at guessing your password.  

Lesson:  Avoid easy to guess passwords, instead make sure your passwords contain both uppercase and lowercase letters, at least one number, and special characters.  The longer the password the harder it is to crack, 8-14 characters or a phrase are ideal.  Change your passwords atleast every 90 days, and enable lockout if the password has been entered incorrectly more that 3 times.

#3 They install malicious software on Legitimate Web Sites .  There has been an alarming increase in the number of cyberattacks coming via "drive by download."  This is when a hacker gains access to a legitimate, honest business web site, or sets up a site that looks legit on every level.  They install a malicious code called an exploit kit and embed it on the website.  It can discover a vulnerability fast by probing your operating system, browser and the software you have installed, such as a PDF reader or video player, to find a way to access your PC or network.  

Lesson:  If anyone at your business visits websites, you must make certain that you are maintaining an up to date firewall, antivirus and spam filtering multi level threat management system.  There is no single way to assure you are protected.  Businesses should seriously consider hiring a professional IT Support firm to manage their online security.

 If you would like peace of mind that your business is not a Sitting Duck to malicious hackers, call us today at 877-843-5767 for a free Security Assessment.  We will identify if you have any system vulnerabilities that you need to address so you can avoid being an easy target.

If you would like more information on Computer Security, call IntelliSuite today at 877-843-5767, or click here to request an appointment for a FREE 2 Hour Security Assessment.

 

 

 

Rose Doherty

Written by Rose Doherty