The Latest Security Threats and Ransomware Threatening Your Business

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In response to the recent wave of global Ransomware attacks, One Step Retail has expanded its efforts to help specialty retailers take proactive steps to ensure their data and networks are protected at all times. Simply having antivirus software and a backup drive aren’t enough since most attacks are user-related (phishing, passwords, browsing, etc.) and often impact on-site backups, rendering them useless.

With One Step’s Managed IT Services, you can feel safe knowing your business is not only protected by industry leading antivirus software and cloud backups but a host of other critical tools we feel EVERY retailer should have to safeguard their data, networks and customer information.

Here’s how we protect retailers from the latest security threats and Ransomware: 

  • Automated monitoring of IT systems and devices helps reduce interruptions to business flow through automated triggers and evaluation of high priority alerts.
  • Automated critical Windows and patch updates are performed to help minimize identified vulnerabilities.
  • Sophisticated Anti-Virus/Malware/Spyware/Ransomware helps protect your system from the latest security threats and viruses.
  • Automated cloud backups help ensure your data is not completely lost in the event of a security breach or catastrophic event (i.e. drive crash, internet outage, natural disaster).
  • Self-service Password Management offers enhanced network security by enforcing password “best practices” and protection from hackers.
  • Firewall content management prevents unwanted access to potentially harmful websites while protecting your system against outside threats.

Scammers, hackers, and identity thieves are constantly looking to steal your data – and your money. Many small businesses feel they aren’t at risk but the fact is, they are ideal targets due to a general lack of security and preventative measures. But there are simple steps you can take to help protect your business, and yourself, from being another victim.

  1. Avoid Phishing Attempts.  Never reply to emails, texts or pop-up messages asking for your personal, business or financial information. One common trick by criminals is to impersonate a business such as your financial institution, software provider or the IRS, asking you to update your account and providing a link. Never click on links even if they seem to be from organizations you trust. Go directly to the organization’s website. Legitimate businesses don’t ask you to send sensitive information through unsecured channels.
  2. Understand and Use Security Software.  Security software helps protect your computer against the digital threats which are prevalent online. Generally, an operating system will include security software or you can access free security software from well-known companies or Internet providers. However, it is highly recommended you not use this software in your business as it likely doesn’t provide the enterprise-level protection needed to cover an entire network. Other essential tools include a firewall, spam filters, and file encryption. Do not buy security software offered as an unexpected pop-up ad on your computer or email. It’s likely from a scammer.
  3. Allow Security Software to Update Automatically.  Set your security software to update automatically. Malware – malicious software – evolves constantly and your security software suite is updated routinely to keep pace.
  4. Look for the “S” for Encrypted “https” Websites.  When shopping or banking online, always look to see that the site uses encryption to protect your information. Look for https at the beginning of the web address. The “s” is for secure. Unencrypted sites begin with an HTTP address. Additionally, make sure the https carries through on all pages, not just the sign-on page.
  5. Use Strong Passwords.  Use passwords of eight or more characters, mixing letters, numbers and special characters. Don’t use your name, birthdate or common words. Don’t use the same password for several accounts. Keep your password list in a secure place or use a password manager. Don’t share your password with anyone. Calls, texts or emails pretending to be from legitimate companies asking you to update your accounts or seeking financial information are generally scams.
  6. Secure Your Wireless Network.  A wireless network sends a signal through the air that allows you to connect to the Internet. If your business Wi-Fi is unsecured it also allows any computer within range to access your wireless and steal information from your computer. Criminals also can use your wireless to send spam or commit crimes that would be traced back to your account. Always encrypt your wireless. Generally, you must turn on this feature and create a password.
  7. Be Cautious When Using Public Wireless Networks.  Public Wi-Fi hotspots are convenient but often not secure. Personal or financial Information you send through websites or mobile apps may be accessed by someone else. If a public Wi-Fi hotspot does not require a password, it probably is not secure. If you are transmitting sensitive information, look for the “s” in https in the website address to ensure that the information will be secure.

 

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