It is a common misconception that hackers only target large corporations, but the vast majority of cyber attacks—more than 70 percent—actually target small businesses. Ransomware, keyloggers, and other forms of malware have been a growing problem for SMBs over recent years; in fact, about half of all small- to medium-sized businesses have experienced a cyber attack. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few small business cyber attack examples and explain what you can do to protect your sensitive data.
The most important step you can take to safeguard your company from malware is to hire a cybersecurity company to evaluate your firewall technology, network setup, and email security. The pros at Waterdog Computer Works have more than 25 years of experience providing IT solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses, and we offer very affordable rates. Call us today at 484-544-0992 for a free network security assessment.
Here are a few common small business cyber attack examples:
Phishing is an attempt to obtain sensitive data like passwords, social security numbers, or credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity. Phishing is especially common over email.
There have been countless examples of phishing attacks on small businesses over recent years. One of the more publicized was the “Shipping Information” scam wherein hackers sent emails to thousands of small businesses that included a seemingly benign link to track a UPS package. When clicked, the link potentially released a virus.
The IT pros at Waterdog Computer Works can help you prevent phishing attacks by upgrading your email security software. Call us today at 484-544-0992 to learn more.
Small businesses have increasingly become the targets of ransomware. According to CNET, about 1 in 4 businesses experienced ransomware attacks in 2016. About 21 percent of companies in the U.S. ended up paying the ransom, and many of them still lost their files. The IT experts at Waterdog Computer Works can help you avoid ransomware attacks, which could potentially be the difference between keeping or losing your company.
- Drive-by Downloads
You don’t always have to click a link to download malware onto your computer. A drive-by download describes a type of malware that downloads to your system as soon as you load a particular website. That code then reaches out to another computer to download the rest of the malicious program, which then exploits vulnerabilities in your operating system, browser add-ons, and programs on your computer.
The IT pros at Waterdog can evaluate your operating system, apps, and Internet browser security to ensure you are protected from these attacks. Call 484-544-0992 today for a free network security assessment.