Security threats are everywhere on the internet, which is why you need to pay close attention to your online presence — especially your website — and get the right security tools in place. Big security breaches that target large companies and governments make the news, but small businesses are targeted, too. In fact, 61 percent of breaches hit smaller businesses.
So, what security threats to do you need to look out for? Well, all of them. But the most likely threats are hackers gaining access to passwords, various types of malware and viruses, DDoS attacks, brute force attacks, email phishing scams and fraud. There are all kinds of cyber security threats that fall under these categories, so being prepared is your best defense — and it’s easier than you might think.
Creating stronger passwords, not opening questionable emails, and installing website security scanners are smart basic steps to keeping your data (and your customers’ data) safe.
And it’s important to stay vigilant because a breach in security can do a lot of damage to your business and your reputation.
Considering 90 percent of small- and medium-sized businesses don’t use data protection for company or customer information, your business can gain a competitive advantage by securing your website. And if that isn’t convincing enough, 60 percent of small businesses go out of business six months after experiencing a cyberattack, so the pain of an attack doesn’t stop when the breach does.
With that information in mind, it’s time to understand online security threats and how you can prevent them. And while hackers, malware and other security threats aren’t likely to go away, with a better understanding and the right online security tools, you can rest assured that your site — and your customers — will be safer for your efforts.