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Cyber crimes are constantly on the rise, and every business is at risk. Once hackers gain access to your network, they can wreak havoc on your business. Here are the five most common ways a hacker could infiltrate a business:

Weak Passwords

As many as 80% of cyber attacks occur due to weak passwords. Require employees to have strong passwords, that include a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Long passwords are stronger than short ones, so set a long minimum length. Require passwords be changed at least every 90 days, and educate your employees on the importance of not reusing passwords and how to keep them safe.

Phishing Emails and Malware Attacks

Another common way hackers gain access to your business is via malware and phishing emails. Educate employees on how to spot the signs of a phishing email and keep your system up to date on all the security patches. Spam filtering can also help. Malware detection software can help scan all incoming files as well as websites, to alert users to potential dangers.

Social Engineering

With all the information that’s posted on social media, hackers have been able to use this online data to trick unsuspecting users to divulge personal or confidential information. To prevent this kind of attack, carefully consider what information you’re giving away when you post. Consider giving fake answers to your security questions to further thwart hackers.


Once hackers gain access to your files, they can freeze access to your files and charge you a ransom to get them back. However, if you decide to pay the ransom, there are no guarantees that you’ll get your data back. Regularly backup your files to protect your data.

No business is immune to the threat of cyber crimes. However, knowing how hackers are looking to gain access to your system can help you to identify the steps necessary to protect your company from attack. Want to learn more? Contact us today and let us show you our solutions to keep your data safe.

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