Guarding against cyber hackers

JUNE 3, 2022 – Between the daily calls about your car’s extended warranty and credit card fraud emails from a bank you’ve never heard of, scammers and hackers are more active than ever with one sinister and synonymous goal in mind: to steal your information.

“One hit can take everything down,” said Carole Cross, founder and CEO of Mobile Marketing. “The impact can cause customer information or credit card information to be leaked and it can even result in a lawsuit if information is stolen. It’s a lot easier to attempt to protect hackers from getting in than trying to get them out once there has been a breach.”

When it comes to protecting your business from the bad guys, sometimes it can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s critical, experts say, to back up your data on a regular basis in the (inevitable) event of a security breach. “That’s probably the best thing that almost anyone can do right away,” said Chad Ogden, CEO of QFloors. Not just backups, but “disconnected” backups, he stressed. “The simplest form of that is if you make a backup onto an external hard drive or a thumb drive and then unplug it from the computer.”

Once any and all personal/important information is stored away, the next thing to do—although it sounds obvious—would be to keep your passwords hidden and complex.

“This seems trite because it has been around for 25 years, but it remains a problem, so we continue to remind people,” said Greg Beaudoin, vice president of operations and CIO of Mobile Marketing. “The most secure passwords are complex, containing a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters. They’re harder to remember, which prompts people to write them down.”

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