The five most common online security myths

You may have heard the news earlier this year: jamieoliver.com was attacked by malware for the third time in four months. According to the BBC, the third attack was much like the previous two, demonstrating that it is possible for lightning to strike twice (or three times). Site visitors were redirected to a compromised website full of malicious links that installed malware on their computers. Once the software was in users’ systems it ran in the background, stealing passwords.

As you can imagine, this attack had severe consequences; Jamie Oliver’s site has millions of visitors every month. However, you do not need to be a big business for your website to be targeted by hackers. The idea that your business is too small to be attacked is just one of the five most common online security myths out there. You can see the rest in the infographic below from NCC Group.

five cyber security myths infographic

Most people don’t take potential threats seriously until an incident occurs, and even when it does it can take time for site owners to gear up and tackle the problem. In today’s online world, a lax attitude is fatal to business; it is vital to protect customer data for the sake of your reputation. Otherwise, customers will go somewhere safer.

What Can We Learn from This?

  • Smaller businesses can be easier targets than bigger ones, but their data is just as valuable.
  • Attackers don’t just go after payment details – they also want intellectual property, contact details, and other information.
  • Employees are increasingly the target of tactics like phishing, so they need to be aware of the threats out there.
  • Antivirus software and firewalls are effective, but they need to be maintained to keep up with ever-evolving hacking technology.
  • Security breaches are not a matter of “if”, but “when”. They can’t be prevented, but you can slow them down and make life difficult for cyber criminals. If you know how to respond and minimise the damage, it will be much easier for your business to bounce back than it would be otherwise.

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