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What Small Businesses Should Know About Cyberattacks and Web Security

We often hear about the large, nationwide company security breaches, whether it be database hacks or publicly shared user information, and it can sometimes seem like only the big corporations are targets. However, a recent study shows 43% of website hacks target small businesses. Victims of cyberattacks come in all sizes, but websites with lightened security measures make for easier targets.

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Different Hacks Can Affect Different Businesses

It's important to know that, when it comes to hacking, there is a broad range of potential damage that can occur.

  • Social attacks via social media can damage a brand's image online.
  • Malware, ransomware, and trojans can cause irreparable damage to your digital access and internal platforms.
  • Events caused by physical actions, such as clicking unauthorized links from spam or phishing, can prove detrimental as well.

Even if your small business doesn't manage a database of customer information or accept credit card payments, hacks can bring serious problems to your website, your internal platforms, and your brand perception.

Identifying Your Risks

Small businesses don't have to be tech-savvy experts in cybersecurity to create a system that safeguards the company site and efforts. It's always best to be aware of your potential online risks. Stay informed about the mainstream insights for protecting your business. Identify each digital point of contact with your customers, your internal staff, and the general public. Knowing where you might be most vulnerable can help you stay on top of preventative, safeguarding measures.

What You Can Do

Many breaches happen because a website has unnecessary components or plugins, is not secure, or due to human error. You can create your own safety measures internally to keep your details clean, your human mistakes minimized, and to manage your internet assets overall. Establish authentication systems for your online users. Update passwords frequently. Keep your efforts ongoing as the cyber threats will always be present.

You don’t have to face the digital dangers alone. If you're not sure how vulnerable your website is now, or you have questions about implementing new security measures, contact us today!

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