Don't Click. Trust Me.
Years ago, I was an unsuspecting victim. I was just killing time surfing the web, reading articles, checking Facebook and then it happened. A compelling message thrusts itself onto my screen and states “If you are a Massachusetts driver, you must read this!”.
I knew better, but I clicked anyway.
Hackers are expanding their creativity as time passes and people are becoming more and more dependent on technology.
As a small business owner this is downright terrifying, so I started to research and here are some of the things I learned:
1. Do NOT close pop-up windows by hitting the X in the upper right corner, especially if it is trying to tell you your computer has a virus. Complete the following steps:
1. Disconnect from your wireless network.
2. Force the browser to close (ctrl+alt+del).
3. Save any files.
4. Open and reboot computer.
5. Run anti-virus software.
2. All passwords need to be at least 12 characters long and include the following:
1. Upper and lower case letters
3. Special characters
3. Use “multi-factor” or “dual-factor” authentication ( I know this can be a headache, but I am sure it is not as a painful as having your identity stolen.)
passwords at least every 3 months. (Passwords that do not change for long periods of time allow hackers to crack them.)
These are a just a few ways to protect yourself from hackers. If you are as paranoid as me and would like to know more, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a 54 page on ways to keep your information safe titled Small Business Information Security :The Fundamentals. Yes, you read correctly 54 pages. Have fun!