How to Stop a Cyber Attack 

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Has your business been hacked before? 

Ever had someone steal your most sensitive information? 

If you are reading this, it’s likely that you’ve either experienced these tragedies already, or will at some point. 

Unfortunately, if you’ve already been hacked, we can’t turn back the hands of time and stop it from happening. We can, however, give you the tools to prevent a cyber attack from occurring in the future.

Here’s where to start.

1. Make sure that all of your software is up-to-date 

Most cyber attacks are a result of vulnerabilities in your software and operating systems. A simple way to avoid this is by making sure every single system and piece of software you use is running the most up-to-date version. 

For example: it might be hard to believe, but some users still run Windows XP even though Microsoft stopped supporting the system in 2014. This is a huge vulnerability and it’s likely that at some point XP users will be hacked, their accounts will be compromised, and malware could spread throughout their entire network. If you’re still running Windows XP or any other unsupported operating systems (e.g., Vista), we urge you to update immediately! 

Another way cyber criminals can hack you is by exploiting vulnerabilities in your browser to steal saved credit card info and passwords. If you haven’t already done so, make sure that all of your browsers are up-to-date. Speaking of browsers, don’t store passwords in your browsers. Use a password keeper instead. That’s what we do.

2. Install a firewall and antivirus software on all devices connected to the Internet

A firewall is a tool that monitors incoming and outgoing Internet traffic. Unauthorized communication attempts are blocked, which helps keep your systems safe from hackers who attempt to exploit vulnerabilities in devices connected to your network (e.g., computers, printers). 

Without a firewall, attackers are able to gain access to your router and use it to spread malware from one device on the network to another.

Along with a firewall, you should implement a security solution that includes an anti-spam feature. This way, emails from suspicious sources will never reach your inbox and cause trouble in the future. Tools like CBM Technology can help you do this quickly and easily by quarantining potential spam emails, allowing you to delete or view them safely.

In addition, having an antivirus software installed on your systems will allow you to detect malicious files that masquerade as legitimate attachments in email. For example, that unknown invoice from a company that you don’t recognize might really be an attempt to take control of your computer and access corporate files.  

3. Use strong passwords for all accounts

It is crucial that you have strong, unique passwords for your email, messenger apps, WiFi, and all other online accounts. Never use the same password for more than one account. This way, even if a hacker gains access to one of these accounts, they will be unable to gain access to others. 

It’s also important that you regularly change your passwords. If you need help coming up with strong passwords, there are many secure tools available such as Dashlane to help you manage and create passwords.

These tips should be enough to keep hackers out of your emails, messenger apps and other online accounts. However, if you have a business with multiple employees, then it’s important to implement an enterprise security solution that can protect your entire network from attackers.

4.  Protect your business with an enterprise security solution

The tips above are useful for small offices with only a few devices (e.g., phones, computers, and printers). Enterprise security moves protection from individual devices to sitewide monitoring. This is often done through hardware and/or software that monitors all network traffic and all devices on the network for harmful activity. 

Enterprise solutions can provide firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spam with a single dashboard that allows one or more designated individuals to see if threats exist and how to mitigate them. This is advantageous because staff might inadvertently override protections on their computers. Enterprise security can be configured to allow overrides only by qualified personnel. 

Let’s review

The best way to stop a cyber attack is by being prepared and having the necessary tools to recover quickly. There are many solutions on the market designed specifically for this purpose; some offer basic protection, while others provide more advanced features like sandboxing and forensic analysis.

If you’ve got concerns about the security of your website, contact Bizzuka. We can help you evaluate your web environment and make improvements where necessary. If we can’t help you, we’ll refer you to someone who can!