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No longer can a business treat cybercrime as a distant problem that only affects a small percentage of companies. Every enterprise, whether large or small, must guard against the increase in cyber threats. Here are key proactive steps an organization can take to protect itself from getting attacked.

  1. Use Strong Passwords and Two-factor Authentication

The easiest way to get hacked is to use careless passwords, such as manufacturer defaults like “password.” The more simple the password, the more it helps cybercriminals speed up penetration. The key to slowing down hackers is to use as many security layers as possible. Complex passwords and multi-factor authentication are both sophisticated strategies for making it too difficult for hackers to bother. Hackers commonly rely on software that tests thousands of passwords per minute.

Using the passwords with mixed characters that do not spell out identifiable words combined with a security question creates a fairly strong resistance to intruders. The most advanced second-factor technology includes voice recognition and fingerprint scanning.

  1. Remove Unused Accounts and Applications

It’s best to delete unused accounts so that you do not leave personal information available for scammers to collect. One example of how forgetting about old accounts may lead to trouble is if former employees can still access such accounts. You should also check any accounts that allow for associated email addresses so that you are aware of all individuals representing your company. Deleting unused applications on company devices can also reduce vulnerabilities.

  1. Keep Technology Updated

Whether your company relies on open source applications like WordPress or some other web publishing solution to power your website, you must make sure whatever software you use stays updated. Cybercriminals target old software, particularly versions that are no longer supported by manufacturers. Plugins should also be regularly updated, which will ensure fixing known bugs and may even enhance functionality. The more modern your infrastructure with firewalls or virtualization, the more protected your system will be.