The current technology market is adapting so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with. In 2017, we had one of the worst data breaches in history when Equifax was hacked and the information of 143 million users including social security numbers was exposed. The most current data breach, and the biggest one experienced to date, is the Data Analytica scandal involving the information of 200 million registered voters on Facebook through a 3rd party app. These data breaches are happening more frequently and affecting more people all the time. Understanding what Fortune 500 companies are doing to keep your information safe from cyber attacks is both critical and very complex.
Fortune 500 companies need to stay on high alert because one attack can destroy their reputation, trust of their users and can adversely affect long term profits. Companies must provide constant education and preventative measures for all their employees to help slow down data breaches. This educational process includes learning the latest trends in cyber breaches and learning how to avoid them. This process can be tedious, as phishing scams, remote access, and fake software updates are constant battles between the users and criminals. The trick for users is making sure that we have a good antivirus and strong security hardware at our house or business. We must also be educated on as many possible threats as possible.
As online consumers, people must understand the risks that are involved in giving up personal information. It’s in our best interest to make sure the right security measures are put in place on our computers and that viruses are removed as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage. Before we opt-in online, make sure we understand what we are opting in. We must do more than just read the text provided, we must also understand the source and understand where our personal information will be distributed.
Here are few tips that can help you prevent attacks:
- Be picky with who you share your confidential information. Consider opting out of company’s sharing policies.
- Always keep a good updated antivirus on your computer and have strong security hardware in your home or business to stay ahead of cyber criminals.
- Be aware that these criminals are on social media as well. Make educated choices on what you share and who you share it with.
- Always keep up with updates on your computer as Microsoft and Apple constantly provide security updates to help prevent attacks.
- Always report suspicious emails or content to help the businesses know that there are attacks going on.
I hope that I have provided some general information on what to watch out for and how to protect your personal information. CDO Technology spends a great deal of time researching the latest trends and staying up to date on ransomware, virus protection, and security hardware to make sure that you have an ally online.
If you believe that your computer and your personal information is at risk, we can help you get the antivirus and security hardware to stay protected. Contact us today to learn more about cyber security.