The site that stores your personal and professional files, was hacked. Your PSN account, was hacked. The place you go to find an affair, was hacked. And despite the latest patches and updates, your iPhone and Android are both, hopelessly vulnerable to being hacked. You know none of your accounts are safe, you’ve seen all the hack headlines, and that scares you. Or maybe you don’t see the glass as half empty, but rather see it as half ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . You read about hacks every day: nothing is safe and there’s no point worrying or paying much attention to them. But there is a third option for business owners: be pragmatic, stay informed, and take everything a step at a time.
Patching your software is kinda like going to the dentist: you’ll probably be fine if you put it off for a bit, but the longer you wait, the greater the risk that your grin will solely consist of gums. In case you aren’t familiar with it, a patch is an update to a piece of software. These updates often include fixes that might improve the user experience, lead to a new feature or two, squash bugs, or, more importantly, address security flaws. This is only magnified when it concerns your business.
How would your small business cope in the event of a hack attack? Are you ready for anything cybercriminals can throw at you, or would a security breach bring your company to its knees?
At the risk of beating a dead horse, security continues to be a big deal when it comes to cloud apps, not least because of headline-making security breaches over the past year.
Two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA or two-step authentication) could be the reason your disgruntled ex-employee didn’t ruin your business after they left. Or, conversely, perhaps the lack of 2FA meant that they royally screwed with you. (more…)