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Remember how we said that effective cybersecurity measures are imperative to the long-term survival of your business? Yes, we meant it.

Yesterday, we talked about the increasing business concerns surrounding cybersecurity due to the ongoing events in Russia and Ukraine as well the overall importance of cybersecurity.

(If you haven’t seen it, check it out here: Why Businesses Should Be Concerned About Cybersecurity Amid Russia-Ukraine News)

Cybersecurity is a serious enough issue as we continue to live in this digital world, and the latest concerns over the Russia/Ukraine crisis is only a small part in a very complex situation. Most likely, you are aware that effective cybersecurity measures are imperative to the long-term survival of your company, but that being said, this doesn’t mean that you are immune to making mistakes that can leave your company vulnerable.

Check out the most common mistakes businesses make below:

  1. Ignoring Software Updates

Keeping your software updated is a critical component of protecting the data in your business, however, you may be guilty of neglecting this. Why do we say this? Because many companies neglect to update their software on a regular basis, thus leading them to rely on outdated software that is particularly vulnerable to a data breach. 

Ensuring that all of your devices have the latest version of security update will help you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals. These criminals are constantly on the lookout for new ways to get their hands on your sensitive data, and one of the best ways to prevent that is to ensure that all of your software is up to date. 

We get it, it’s easy -too easy – to forget about updating your software. One way to bypass this is to enable auto updates wherever available, and to set regular reminders to check the devices that require a manual update. 

2. Using the same Passwords Across Multiple Accounts

We all know how challenging it is to remember one password, let alone multiple! But while reusing one password across multiple accounts may seem like a simple solution, this can be one of the most dangerous things you can do to your cybersecurity. 

In the case of a data breach on one platform, cybercriminals can then utilize your exposed password to access your other accounts. Having a different, secure password on each of your accounts is a simple way to prevent easy access to your information. 

If you are worried about remembering all of those different passwords, consider using a password manager to remember your passwords or writing them down in a secure location that is stored in a safe place away from your digital devices.

 

3. Sitting on Public Wi-Fi

While it’s easy to take advantage of free public Wi-Fi, its risky if you’re connected to it for business purposed. With public Wi-Fi, hackers can easily hack the router or broadcast their Wi-Fi signal, enabling them to modify, intercept, or see data that you both send and receive.

The best way to avoid this is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. Today, VPNs are readily available and more affordable than you may think, and we recommend using one so you can safely work from virtually anywhere to keep cyber criminals at bay. 

 

4. Clicking Unknown Emails, Links, Attachments, or Pop-Ups

If something seems suspicious or an email offer seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Whenever you receive something from a flagged or unknown source, trust your gut and never click on suspicious emails, links, attachments or popups.

If you find yourself questioning whether or not you’ve received a scam email, watch out for these common telltale signs:

  • Suspicious email address
  • Poorly written sentence structure
  • Incorrect grammar/spelling
  • Sense of urgency
  • Incoherent

Whenever you receive a scam email, report it to spam and immediately delete it. 

 

5. Failing to Back up Your Data

Unfortunately, many businesses fail to prioritize backing up their data. If there is ever a data breach or loss of data, failure to have backups will only cost you more in the long run. 

We recommend that you back up your data on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. The simplest way to back up your data is to use an encrypted backup software that helps you backup your files automatically and with ease. In addition to daily backups, monthly and yearly backups is also recommended. 

Similar to how easy it is to forget to update your software, it can be easy to forget these backups if you don’t make them a priority. So, put a data backup on your month and year end checklists si that you aren’t caught without your data if the need ever arises. 

6. Thinking You Can Do It All on Your Own

While you can do your very best to reinforce your business position in the cyber world, remember -it’s your best, and we are all prone to mistakes. 

When it comes to matters as serious as your companies’ data and sensitive information, there is no room for mistakes. 

Despite having had taken all the necessary steps to secure your data and information, if something seems “off” never be afraid to reach out for help, and above all, never assume an issue will resolve on its own. 

 

Get Help from Someone on Your Side

This can be as easy as reaching out to a trusted source for recommendations on what to do. Here at MCDA CCG, you get the help of the most trustworthy and top professionals in this space – all at a cost you won’t be able to find anyplace else.

Whether you need guidance on installing new software, state of the art tools to help train your team members, or advice on potentially suspicious activity, we’ve got you covered. 

 

Other Resources You May Like:

Cybersecurity and Family Offices – MCDA CCG, Inc.

Beware Of Intimidating Scams Targeting Your Business

How to Keep Your Company’s Digital Files Organized

10 Tips to Avoid Business Funding Scam Phone Calls

Ways For Businesses to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in Mergers and Acquisitions

 

 

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