The last thing your business needs is a digital attack that results to a frantic emergency phone call to tech pros. Take the precautions necessary to thwart digital security threats and you’ll rest easy knowing you’ve done the work to safeguard your system. However, if you are like most business owners and managers, you are busy to the point that IT and digital security are not at the forefront of your mind. Here’s a quick look at some of the top digital security threats facing small businesses as identified by IT support experts in Dallas.
Ransomware freezes computers or networks, holding valuable data hostage until a ransom is paid in full, typically in the form of bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. Though there is no guarantee the ransomware hackers will return control of the computer, network and data after the ransom is paid, the alternative is to lose the data, possibly ending up with it being sold on the dark web and subsequently losing customers as a result of the ensuing negative publicity.
Malware is a significant digital security threat to your business as well as other companies and organizations of all sizes and types. Malware is one or several programs that pilfer data from a computer or network. Malware can also disrupt workflow and communication. As an example, Trojan horses might seem to be harmless programs at first or even falsely appear as applications that are worthy of reverence, only to cause significant consequences in the form of malware. The worst-case scenario is malware causing the computer to crash and hackers accessing the entirety of the data on the device.
Phishing attacks might seem unlikely to succeed, yet it only takes one target to fork over sensitive information for the strategy to work. Clicking a fraudulent link within a phishing email and entering login credentials is all that is necessary for a digital criminal to steal that information and wreak havoc.
DDoS, short for “denial of service”, overloads a network with online traffic to the point that it cannot accept page visit requests. It merely takes directing several computers toward a website to execute a DDoS attack that renders a targeted website nonfunctional. However, there are lines of defense against DDoS attacks. Reach out to our IT support team in Dallas for assistance, and we will do everything in our power to keep your website and systems functional and responsive ‘round the clock.
Our IT support team in Dallas can help your business continue humming along without interruption. Contact us to find out more about our services and schedule an initial consultation.