"It doesn't take much."
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• AI empowered backup
• Safe recovery
• Integrated anti-malware scanning
• Active automated malware deletion
• Web protection
• Four different antimalware technologies
• Microsoft Security Essentials management
• Windows Defender Antivirus management
• URL filtering
• Active malicious file download prevention
• Blocked access to suspicious web resources
• Continuous scan for vulnerabilities
• Hard drive health control
• Disk control
• Machine learning
• SMART reporting
• Disk failure prediction
• Remote management
• #CyberFit security assessment and scoring
• Limited user access to local and redirected peripheral devices, ports, and clipboard
• Backup scanning
• Malware-free restores
• Rootkits and bootkits detection
• Machine load reduction
• Smart protection built on the basis of alarms received from Cyber Protection Operations Center (CPOC)
• Minimized business process downtime
• Reduced reaction time
• Eliminated data loss
• Pre-update backups creation
• Continuous data protection
• Lossless data changes made between scheduled backups
• Control what will be continuously backed up
• Data protection map
• Forensic backup
• Backup encryption
• Scheduled backup reports
• Fail-safe patching
10 Computers and Cell Phones
The reason why the term "cyber security" usually goes in one ear and out the other is that it sounds intimidating. Why do something about something you know nothing about? But just like a hack itself, securing your assets doesn't take much.
A lot of cyber security is just a little education. So here it goes:
1. Stop using the same password for everything. Even if you have a few passwords that you use for different things, that's better than using the same password for everything. If one platform gets hacked, the hackers they sell your info to will try that same email and/or password from that hacked platform to hack you on others.
For example, say your Instagram account gets hacked. (Amber's account was actually hacked this month.) That hacker will then list your account on the black market, selling your username, email, password, and maybe more to random hackers willing to buy it. The next hacker then takes that info they bought and says "I wonder if this email and password will work on WellsFargo.com" and voila, they might be in your bank account.
2. When you get hacked on one platform, change your passwords on everything. See above example for why.
3. Back up your data. We like Acronis because of its incredible technology and powerful capabilities. And backing up your data is super affordable, especially when compared to the cost of rebuilding after a hack or a crash.
4. A hack will happen. You must treat your business as a technology business now, no matter your industry. Almost everything you do now operating your business is tied to and/or facilitated by technology. We, as a planet, are very far behind in cyber security compared to how much technology is hosting our operations and data. While virtually all technology platforms and software are very security-minded, it is up to the business owner to always be attempting to secure their property and business.
5. A crash will happen. If you're reading this, then you are not reading it from the first computer or phone you've ever owned. As devices advance, the technology leaves old machines behind. At some point, your computer(s) and phone(s) will stop working and you will want a lot of that data on your new computer(s). So don't treat your tech like it will fix itself. It usually won't at some point.
6. Use two-factor authentication (2FA). This makes it so that a hacker can not log into your account with just the name and password. They will also need your phone, your email inbox, etc. While they can also get into those, you will have the opportunity to stop them at that step with 2FA.
7. Check your account info before resetting your password. Have you been hacked? Your next step from the platform's recommendations will be to reset your password to lock them back out. BUT make sure they haven't already changed some of your account info.
When Amber's Instagram was hacked this month, she didn't tell me until a day later. By that time, she had already attempted to reset her password to lock out the hacker. However, when resetting the password she needed to verify the change by having a 2FA code sent to the phone number on the account. And guess what the hacker did as soon as they got into her account? They changed the phone number for the 2FA to their own. So the password reset confirmation went to their phone. The hacker changed the password instead, and she was locked from her own account.
8. Stop sending account login info in text form. Have an employee that needs to get into your company Paypal account? A hacker that already has access to your account might not let you know. They could be sitting there waiting, watching. Or they will search your account for keywords like your email address. So when your email address comes up in the body of email messages on Gmail, or text messages in iMessage, the ones where you've sent your email address with the password right after will pop up. And now they have credentials.
Things that an idiot can search in your emails that will get you hacked:
"email" ("Use the email firstname.lastname@example.org")
"email@example.com" (login email they already know you use)
"@gmail.com" (fishing search for login emails)
Hey, Kate. Here's the login info for the company's Amazon account: username: companyrules Or it might be by email? Not sure. If it is just use the company's Gmail address: firstname.lastname@example.org password: mlka6NK412&d%fo Thanks, Martin
Now, instead of having to read through all 6,000 emails in your account they just instantly search a few easy keywords and find the keys to your stuff. Even though a hacked account will possibly let them access photos, at least send in photo or screenshot if you can't send credentials in person or over voice on the phone.
9. Install the updates. Windows keeps asking to update every day? It's not broken, it's adding more known hacks (vulnerabilities) to its defense system. Can't keep your iPhone charged enough to install the update? Do it. Set it to automatic, and if the automatic update fails then take care of it manually. It takes a few moments, it's free, and it will save you.
Just so you know we're not making this up, here is Amber's hacked Instagram account. They changed her username to dragons_85, so she can't recover it. Some credit card companies even offer free dark web monitoring as a courtesy. I have old credentials that still pop up on the dark web every few months or so, and one of my credit card companies notifies me when it does. And when we live in a time where you can backup and secure your data for cheap, the $50/mo or whatever it costs is worth it.