Cyber Attacks are nothing new. However, since last year, at the start of COVID-19, cybercrimes have risen by 300%, according to the FBI. It appears that hackers have seized on the opportunity to attack vulnerable networks as office work and office devices moved to personal homes. It has also been reported that approximately 43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses.

Typically, hackers get into your network not by covertly breaking into your company server or via your IT department. No. Instead, it’s through an employee innocently clicking on an email that initiates the hack. Another common tactic spoofs your company’s telephone number, which fools your own employees into providing details and information that give hackers the ability to breach your network. You can see this simple yet sophisticated method in action from a segment on the Dr. Phil show.

Payroll Continuity Plan

It’s important to protect your company data – especially payroll data! More than 77% of organizations do not have a Cyber Security Incident Response plan. What’s worse? An estimated 54% of companies say they have experienced one or more attacks in the last 12 months, with some reporting payroll data being exposed. A payroll continuity plan isn’t as hard to put together as you think. Luckily for you, we’ve laid it all out right here.

Since last year, cybercrimes have risen by 300%

Now, just as easily as a hacker can ‘hack,’ you can just as easily protect your company from such an intrusion. Here are 4 tips that can help your company from getting hacked.

Change Your Passwords

Yes, it’s annoying, but it serves a valuable purpose. A weak, easy-to-guess password is just that. Weak. Password strength is important to keep hackers at bay, so case-sensitive characters and random symbols are just your first line of defense – but it’s worth the time.

Select the Right ISP

When selecting an Internet Service Provider (ISP), don’t make speed and price your main focus. It’s wise to choose an ISP with built-in security features. After your ISP checks off all the boxes on out in online security, then makes affordability and connection speed your next most important features.

Update Your Spyware/Antivirus Software

This simple task is simple and takes just a minute. It’s another valuable way to keep hackers from sneaking into your place of business. Another way is s by installing a network firewall. By controlling the incoming and outgoing network traffic, it’s much easier to detect threats making it into your business’s operating system.

 Limit Access & Block Non-Essential Sites

Limiting access to certain websites will lessen the chances of a security breach. Blocking certain sites will also reduce the chance of viruses and spyware carrying sites from being opened within your business’s network. So, it’s important to block unnecessary sites and make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date if a breach arises.

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