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Cyber Attacks and Risks and Some Prevention Tips

Do you have a website?

Are you a business owner?

Then, chances are that your company might become a target for cyber-attacks.

Cyber criminals attack business websites mainly,  from normal product websites, design portfolios to software marketplaces and custom web development companies and a wide range of websites.

A cyber attack can involve viruses,  hackers, phishing, malware or other activities on your computer.

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Attacks may come either from inside or outside the company.

A cyber attack can be quite devastating, as such an event can impact a business in a lot of ways:

Loss or Damage to Electronic Data: A cyber attack can damage the data stored on computers. Loss of data can cause problems in accounting and management of resources.

(Read about recovering lost data from devices here:  Recovering Lost Data from Devices )

Loss of Income: A compromised website means shutting down of operations which can be detrimental to business.

Privacy Lawsuits: Cyber thieves can steal data stored on the computer systems. Leaking of customers’ data is a serious breach of company policies and can lead to legal trouble. The leaked data might get used for illegal purposes which can make the consequences more negative.

Damage to Reputation: Cyber attacks can seriously damage a company’s reputation.

Global cyber attacks have affected many computers all across the world.

The cyber threats fall into usually two categories:

– A computer attack on another computer with virus attacks, hacking of systems, DDOS attacks, etc.  These can often be in the form of ransomware which will demand money for decrypting the affected system and allowing access to data.

– The compromised computers may get used to commit crimes like credit card frauds, IP Rights violations, etc.

Websites can adopt practices like setting passwords that are tough to crack – by using combinations of numbers, letters and special characters.

Also, keeping an eye on accounts and using proper anti-malware and security software can go a long way in ensuring better security and minimizing risks.

 

The above guest post has been authored by Amit Kumawat.

 

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Subhradeep Chatterjee

Founder and Tech Blogger at i9finite

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