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5 Tips on Protecting Your SMB from Cybercriminals

5 Tips on Protecting Your SMB from Cybercriminals

5 Tips on Protecting Your SMB from Cybercriminals

Just because you are a small to medium-sized business (SMB) does not mean you are not a target for online criminals phishing attacks.  In fact, it’s the opposite.  Being a small to medium-sized business makes you an easier target for cybercriminals.  While targeting a larger corporation may lead to more lucrative payouts, these larger corporations typically have IT departments that catch these attacks.  Typically smaller businesses do not have full-time IT help that assists them in their cybersecurity.  Cyber-attacks will mostly be initiated through email, here are 5 tips on protecting yourself from cybercriminals.

1.    Attention to Detail:

You may receive an email from what appears to be a co-worker or even superior.  This email may have some odd request like requesting an invoice or for you to send the company’s credit card information to pay a vendor.  In this situation, check the email address for any characters that are out of place.  Cybercriminals will attempt to mimic the email addresses of your co-workers to try to deceive you into releasing valuable company information.  In the event of this happening, contact to the supposed sender via telephone or in person to question their request.

 2. Download a Free Anti-Phishing Toolbar To Your Browser.

There are plenty of free Anti-Phishing browser extensions available.  Some are only available for certain browsers, causing you to have to download multiple extensions to different browsers and learning how each one works.  If you are looking for an Anti-Phishing browser extension that is compatible for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari we suggest Bitdefender Trafficlight. This extension protects from phishing attacks, filters out malware, identify trackers, and scans links.

The Danger of Using PHP 5 into the New Year

3. Be Careful With Your Browser Updates.

While It is always important to update your browser, you must be cautious with your updates.  These updates are created to protect you from online phishing and malware, and phishing predators are fully aware of these.  You may receive a notification telling you it’s time to update your browser or a new version of your browser is available for download.  Do not blindly trust these and automatically download them.  Simply take the time and perform a simple internet search to see if it is, in fact, a true browser update.  If it is not, I can almost guarantee you are downloading a nasty malware onto your computer.

4. Frequently Back up Your Data!

In a world with cybercriminals attacking small businesses with ransomware, backing up your data has never been more important.  A ransomware attack encrypts your hard drive, locking you out of your computer and work files.  The cybercriminal will then ransom access to your files in the form of a crypto currency like Bitcoin.  If you have backed up your data to a remote hard drive this attacks will leave you unaffected.  Simply back up the existing backup files and wipe your primary hard drive clean.

5. Question Authority.

Cybercriminals may attempt to target you by posing as an authoritative figure in the digital world.  This could be them pretending to be Google or Microsoft telling you an update is available for your Gmail or Outlook account.  Much like browser updates, do your due diligence to conclude the authenticity of the requests.

Phishing in the USA – Why SMB Need to be on Red Alert

Navigating the cyber world can be a difficult and intimidating task, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity.  Not only is Famous WSI Results here to build and spread your digital brand, we are here as a source of knowledge for protecting your digital property, allowing you to spend the time necessary to run your business.

At Famous WSI Results, we have prepared ALL of our client’s websites for the coming new year. We actively backup, maintain and update all our websites to keep them secure and running seamlessly. If your website was designed years ago and it has not been maintained, it is a ticking time bomb.

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302-407-0430 | mdoyle@famouswsiresults.com | FamousWSIResults.com

The Danger of Using PHP 5 into the New Year

The Danger of Using PHP 5 into the New Year

The Danger of Using PHP 5 into the New Year

Any website still running on PHP version 5 at the end of 2018 is in danger of being exploited.

Support for PHP 5.6.x ends on December 31, 2018, after which websites still using the outdated PHP will find itself susceptible to attackers looking vigorously for security flaws to exploit vulnerable websites.

The imminent end-of-life of PHP version 5 is a ‘ticking time bomb’. When a software product reaches EOL (end of life), it is no longer supported by software developers. So even if a security hole in the software is discovered, it will not be fixed.

Support for PHP 5.6.x Ends in 2 Months, Millions of Websites at Risk

Consider that almost 80% of all websites run on PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor), it becomes apparent how crucial it is to keep up-to-date on the latest PHP version.  When support for PHP 5.6 ends in 2 months, it could put millions of websites at risk. ANY website running on old PHP will be vulnerable to hackers or spammers due to security holes, incompatibility or outdated coding.

Many corporations, small to mid-sized businesses and home businesses have discovered the versatility of Content Management Systems (CMS) that use PHP for functionality, such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. These CMS make it easy and quick to add fresh content and dynamic media such as videos, Calls-to-Action, pop-ups and chatbots.

I’m personally partial to WordPress as the number of contributors across the nation and the world have worked tirelessly to keep it an open source software available to everyone, everywhere. It makes it easy to manage your content and the plethora of plugins available extend functionality without limits.

Using PHP 5 Becomes Dangerous in 2 Months

WordPress and many other CMS use PHP, an open source general-purpose scripting language powering all types of web development. PHP enables the generation of dynamic page content, collects and encrypts data, manages your website files and more.

It is highly suggested to upgrade to PHP version 7 quickly, not only because it is EOL, but because there are many bugs in PHP 5 that relate to performances, memory usage and more. PHP 7 will make your website run faster, be more stable and run more efficiently.

Look at updating to PHP version 7 as a sort of 2000-mile checkup – just as a car starts to run rough or could even break down if regular oil changes and tune ups are missed, your website will not run optimally or could even break if you fail to regularly maintain its engine!

If all of this is still Greek to you, contact your website developers and talk with them about which version of PHP your website is running on. Be firm that you want to upgrade to PHP 7 before the new year arrives!

Final argument for updating to PHP 7: Do you REALLY want to take that chance that your website will be hacked or breakdown? Won’t that be BAD for business? AND couldn’t it cost you more to fix than if you had been proactive and upgraded before EOL of PHP 5?

At Advertising Is Simple, we have prepared ALL of our client’s websites for the coming year. We actively backup, maintain and update all our websites to keep them secure and running seamlessly. If your website was designed years ago and it has not been maintained, it is a ticking time bomb.

 

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302-407-0431 | AdvertisingIsSimple.com