Types of Cybersecurity Issues for Small Business

by Alex Schnee

No matter whether you are a large-sized corporation or a small mom-and-pop shop that receives orders online, you might have to deal with cybersecurity threats at some point. These issues can be devastating to a business, and many can be easily avoided by implementing some basic actions within your team or through software.

Here are some common issues you might find yourself facing when it comes to security online for your business.


Phishing is one of the most common ways your employees and your customers might receive cybersecurity issues. One of the biggest problems that goes along with it is that much of it is out of your control—you can warn customers not to click or respond to emails, but they might not be able to tell the difference. Remind customers and employees often that even if an email looks like it came from your company, it might be from someone looking to steal information. They should double check just to make sure.

Passwords stolen

Having passwords stolen to your company’s portal or to a cloud service that houses your files or data can be a disaster. This is one reason why you might want to consider a more secure location to store items like a deal room, or you want to make sure that you change your passwords on a regular basis. Even something as simple as varying them on occasion can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your data safe, and it’s cheap to do so. You can even purchase a program that does it automatically.

Drive-by downloads

You might have seen advertisements for types of software that seem too good to be true, and they often are. They can be extremely misleading and it’s common that employees or customers might think they are downloading something worthwhile only to find their information stolen or to have a virus. If you or your workers are in any doubt about whether or not you could be downloading something that could potentially cause issues, then you should do a quick Google search on the product, since someone is likely to report if it is spam or not.

Watering holes

One of the most frustrating parts about browsing online is that you can stumble upon a website and think it is legitimate website only to find out that it has been taken over by hackers and is used to gain information from customers. This can happen to your website without you knowing, or it can cause problems if one of your customers visits these sites and gives away information. This is why it is essential to have your own security measures in place to avoid this happening.

In summary

Cybersecurity is likely to remain an issue for a long time, and as a business, you want to make sure that you make the effort to make sure it causes as little damage as possible. Take time to educate employees and to secure your systems to avoid it at all costs.

Maxim Joy
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