Cyber Crime affects you at both an internal and external level. With new online security threats emerging every day, cyber crime has developed into the largest criminal activity globally.
With the significant growth of devices, it has become incredibly easy for cyber criminals to work. People are likely to share passwords with friends, access banking data via unsecured WI-FI connections and people are always clicking on suspicious links.
80% of people that do click on suspicious links are compromised with negative repercussions. Almost always resulting in financial loss, identity theft and/or stolen data.
This is something that we can't afford to be complacent about. We must be proactive and make sure that we're up to date with cybercrime.
Think twice before you click links and open attachments sent to your inbox. Especially from people you don't know!
Suspicious emails will often look legit and not look like a sham at all. However, there are ways you can quickly identify the real from the fake. Check for:
More often then not phishing emails will have dodgy email addresses associated to them. This can either be that it just simply looks dodgy, or often an email is sent to appear as a certain source. E.g. our email addresses all end in "@boltonbros.com.au" but, if you receive an email from "us" that ended in "@boltttpn.com" it's most likely a malicious email.
People always emphasise on having a secure password! And whilst it's important to have strong passwords and not a password such as "Password1" or "123456", there are a few other elements that you need to understand.
Firstly, if your password is compromised this is something you need to take seriously. If you have fallen for a phishing scam (which a lot of people do) then you need to change your passwords right away. Often, hackers are collecting passwords and selling them on the dark web alongside your information. This might just be your Facebook or Email password that they've collected from you. However, is it the same password you also have as your banking password or your workplace login? Where else have you used this password? And what can a person access with your information?
This helps protect you from any unknown breaches as well as saving you time for when your password is breached.
Keep in mind that you are the one in control of your online security and it's only going to be as effective as you make it. If you use terrible IT Security systems, then you are ensured to have terrible IT Security. Alternatively, if you use excellent IT Security systems then you are going to have an extremely strong network.
You are already investing so much into other segments of your business. Don't let it down by not investing in the one thing that's going to keep the criminals out.