Donít Get Tricked by Scammers this Halloween: 5 Quick Tips on How to Keep Your Business Safe

Posted On: Thursday, October 19, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Halloween may be a time for ghoulish tricks from ghosts and goblins, however the last thing you want is to find out that you or staff has been tricked by the worst kind of trickster: a scammer. Here are five quick tips on how you can keep your network and your business safe this Halloween:

  1. Educate Your Staff and Reduce Risks

Did you know that 48% of cybercrime attacks in businesses are caused by careless employee actions? Whether it’s clicking on a suspicious email which downloads a company-wide virus, or you click on an ad that offers an unbelievable deal and you end up with your information compromised (let’s face it-if it sounds too good to be true, usually it is..).

To help reduce your risks, educate your staff on the what to do and not to do when it comes to staying away from phishing emails, and potentially harmful content that is masking itself to trick you into getting the information they want.

  1. Be Proactive and Stay Ahead of the Game

Remember when the WannaCry and Petya viruses hit businesses earlier this year? Proactively protecting networks with patch management is a crucial solution that helped save a multitude of businesses due to those attacks.

Make sure you are working with an IT provider that implements patch management and helps you stay one step ahead of those attacks before they strike.

  1. Gain Peace of Mind with Solutions that Protect

Implementing and maintaining anti-virus, anti-malware, and anti-spam solutions for your business is another way to help keep scammers from infiltrating your network. 

Without these solutions in place, a single click on a simple email could bring a company down for hours, days, and even permanently due to the destruction that scammers can havoc.

Working with an IT provider that can manage and keep these solutions updated for your business, can keep your networks safe from scammers trying to brew up some double, double toil and trouble.

  1. Calm Your Concerns with Advanced Security

When it comes to the IT management for your company, be sure that you have implemented a strong solution for security. A traditional firewall may no longer be enough to protect you. Utilizing a firewall that includes security services such as gateway anti-virus, intrusion prevention services, content filtering, and more advanced security solutions are key to protecting your network.

  1. Gain Overall Protection with Security Best Practices

By combining end-user education, maintaining compliance, providing backup solutions (including off-site backup), implementing user-based security and more; is known as security best practices.

By combining all these and more into your preventive solutions for your business, will help keep you from falling under the spell of these tricksters this Halloween.

 

 Written by Tiana Lopez, Marketing Coordinator, Mode5

Tiana Lopez is the Marketing Coordinator with Mode5, a Norfolk-based Managed IT and Cloud Service company.


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