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Cyber Security: Protecting Your Information In 2021

Cyber Security: Protecting Your Information In 2021

The internet is like a massive ocean – there are a lot of boats sailing on its surface and there are even more fish swimming in its depths. Whether you just dip your toes or take a big plunge, it’s all too easy to forget that there are sharks lurking about, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. It’s important to protect yourself, but you also need to arm yourself with the knowledge of what you are protecting yourself from. Don’t be fooled – the internet has never been safe and it is easier than ever to steal or gain access to sensitive information. 

Cyber Threats You Should Know About.

You probably already know about hacking, phishing, and malware, so we’re not going to cover them here. Below are some of the lesser known, but not necessarily uncommon, forms of cyber attacks.

  • DoS (denial of service). This type of attack overloads your website or network and makes it next to impossible to maintain functionality, effectively shutting down whatever the target was. 
  • Ransomware. This is a kind of virus / software that locks you out of your computer or network and forces you to pay a ransom to regain access. If the ransom is not paid, your information is wiped and you lose everything.
  • Data breaches. Sometimes all it takes for your company’s data to go public is for a disgruntled employee to take sensitive files and leak them online. 

How To Protect Your Data.

Take these basic steps to protect your or your company’s data.  

  • Limit access to passwords. Only give key personnel access to online data and make sure they take every precaution to maintain security measures.
  • Change your passwords often. No matter how secure you think your password is, it’s only a matter of time before someone with malicious intent figures it out or obtains it through unsavoury means. 
  • Use a VPN. Now that a significant portion of employees are working from home, it is imperative to ensure that they are accessing your company’s internal network safely. A VPN makes it harder for hackers to access public or private networks.
  • Keep your security software up-to-date. Nothing says “hack me” like out-of-date security software. The whole reason such software needs to update regularly is to keep up with malicious software that updates just as frequently.
  • Make backups of your data. In the event of a ransomware attack, you can just scrub your hardware and safely restore your backups without having to pay the information ransom.

BANG POW Cares About Your Online Safety.

At BANG POW we take special precautions to protect your data. We won’t tell you exactly what those precautions are, because that would be dumb. Nice try, hackers! All you need to know is that your data is safe with us. Since our entire business model revolves around data and the internet, we know what needs to be done to protect our clients’ information. 

If you have any more questions about how we handle your data, feel free to contact us. We’ll get back to you ASAP.