Cybercrime – What is it? & How can you prevent it?

In this day and age technology is always expanding and new developments are being made, although as new developments are being made more threats are being created.

So when people hear Cybercrime, they tend to think of things such as cyber bullying and them good old classic movie computer hackers. When in reality cybercrime is any “criminal activities carried out by means of computers or the internet.”

Yes, I said internet - that means anyone or any device connected to the internet is potentially at risk. That doesn't mean that your business needs to unplug and go back to the stone ages.

Did you know?

Nowhere days’ cybercrimes are actually part of organised crimes and have become part of global businesses to gain access to your data. Recently in America on Black Friday, Target had their card machines compromised meaning that anyone paying by card had their card details potentially stolen. That is thousands of people. 99% of victims affected by cybercrimes don't even know it. Hackers are inside your computer monitoring what you are doing. That is every keystroke, password, credit card detail or even personal details - all accessible to them. On average it takes people around 200 days to detect that they have been affected by a cybercrime, doesn't matter if you are a stay at home parent or an owner of a multimillion pound company. 200 days is the average time it takes for people to be affected. By that time, yours and your client’s information, such as card details are now all over the internet.

What are Cybercrimes? & How do they affect your business?

Cybercrimes can come in many forms such as ransomware - (See ransomware article )

  • Hackers can take your hard earned cash
  • You can have your bank details stolen or cloned
  • Personal information stolen
  • Fraud
  • Client information stolen
  • Loss of other valuable information
  • Corrupting your files

Cybercrimes can happen also happen through viruses affecting your machine, unfortunately once your device has been affected these viruses can be passed on to others you work with whether they are fellow employees or clients. This can affect your reputation.

Did you know?

that in the UK alone, 74% of small firms & 90% of large firms are targets of cybercrimes.

Not only is it a horrible thing to have some of the above taken from you, but losing such information and trying to restore  or re build it can take time - and time equals money.

Ways of protecting yourself

  • Backups and recovery methods - (speak to us directly about what we offer)
  • Risk assessments - it is important to consistently have your machines and devices monitored so that if you are attacked by a virus, it can be removed before affecting other machines and losing data
  • Keeping your software up to date
  • Keeping your hardware up to date
  • Change your passwords regularly

Did you know?

In some countries there aren't even laws on cybercrimes just yet, making it had for people to get justice when a crime has been committed.

Another way of supporting your company..

Getting your company back on it's feet can be hard after being hit by a cybercrime. Some companies have Data Risk insurance.

This means that the insurance company is there to help support your business in the event that it is hacked, attacked or even if data is breached by a disgruntled employee.

The insurance company help supports your business by helping to support you minimise the damage and give you advice on how to minimise the damage. You get a pay out and access to crisis cover and legal support. Unfortunately, this doesn't help you protect your data in the long run, it just helps you to be not as affected.