Your Home Business Vs Cybercrime

The internet give you tons of quick and easy ways to promote your home business: a quick tweet on Twitter, an update on Facebook, a great shot of your new product put up on Pinterest and already you’re out there, with loads of potential new clients being able to see what you’re up to.

But these sites sure ask for a lot of personal information don’t they?  All those things about yourself when you sign up, not to mention the data that Facebook collects from you every time you add something new to your page. Do you use the right level of privacy settings on your accounts? If you can find them that is…

A couple of years ago Facebook had to say sorry to its users when it was discovered that to change your settings on the site required you to click through 50 different buttons, and choose from 170 options – how many people would have given up before they reached the required settings, meaning that all that lovely information was just waiting to be availed by naughty cybercriminals?

Internet security company Kaspersky Lab talks us through these common cybercrime tricks and gives some sensible security advice to help iHubbub members keep themselves and their business interests safe whilst online.

How to keep  your small home business start-up safe from internet security threats

Phishing Links

We’ve all received emails like this: ‘There has been some suspicious activity on your account. Please log in using this link to verify your details.’ These are known as phishing scams, and the scammers will ask you to click a link that leads to a web page that looks just like the one it’s purporting to be from. Once you’ve logged in, they will have access to all your details.

So you could stop this by only communicating with people you already know are the real deal, and by blocking messages on social media sites from anybody you don’t. But making new connections is an important part of building your start-up business client base, so is there a better way to stay safe?

There certainly is! Total Internet Security software with anti-phishing technology checks website URLs for any dodgy activity, and will flash up a message to warn you before you click through to it. That’s a poke in the eye to these dastardly deceivers!

Keylogging

This may seem like the kind of thing you only see in spy movies, but if keylogging software gets installed on your computer (sometimes it can be hidden within another program, so you could have unwittingly installed it) then everything you type will be recorded and sent back to the cybercriminal. Passwords, usernames and potentially your home business clients’ details – all will be in their hands, ready for them to use. 

Using Total Internet Security software means that a rootkit scan will search your computer for anything malicious, and quarantine any keylogging software before it can do its nasty thing.  Many security solutions come with either a ‘Virtual Keyboards’ (you can simply click any sensitive information into a website via an onscreen keyboard) or a ‘Secure Keyboard’ (which appears whenever you need to login to a secure site).  

These also negate the nasty practise that some cybercriminals have of inserting a piece of Java code on to a legitimate website which will then act as a keylogger when you enter your information.

Passwords

This is a biggie – have a quick think for a moment at all the websites you are subscribed to. Now have a think at how many passwords you have for all of them. My guess is that the first number is way larger than the second; am I right?

Many people use the same password for everything – easy to remember, but also easy for the unscrupulous to guess and then use to gather all your data. And if your password is linked to details that you might have posted on Facebook or Twitter, then it won’t take long for it to be uncovered. 

So what’s the answer? As a busy home business owner you can’t be expected to remember a unique password for every site you use, let alone change them every month as we’re advised to.  Password managers, which are a common feature of many Total Internet Security packages, generates a unique and secure password for each site you need to login to, and then keeps that password stored safely. 

Instead of logging in to the site itself, you log in to your password manager, which finds the correct password, and logs you in. You don’t have to remember which is the correct one, and by keeping them in the cloud also you can access them from any computer linked to the internet.

To add to all these other worries, spyware that tries to capture screenshots of your password are also in existence. Kaspersky Lab has designed a ‘System Watcher’ that monitors your PC and will let you know if anything like that is attempting to send pictures from it. 

Protect Your Business

The amount of time spent on the internet, particularly on social media sites is increasing rapidly, meaning there is more and more scope for cybercriminals to play dirty if you’re not careful what you’re sharing and with whom. Using the afore-mentioned anti-phishing, keylogging and password protection security features puts the control back in your hands, and keeps your home business a step ahead!

Sounds like great advice to us!

Kaspersky has partnered with iHubbub to bring you the most powerful internet security and to offer you a FREE TRIAL!

All you have to do is let us know when your current internet internet security expires and we'll send you the link. Please book your Kaspersky Free Trial.

Download free Kaspersky trial when your internet security runs out

- See more at: http://ihubbub.com/kaspersky

Kaspersky has partnered with iHubbub to bring you the most powerful internet security and to offer you a FREE TRIAL!

All you have to do is let us know when your current internet internet security expires and we'll send you the link. Please book your Kaspersky Free Trial.

Download free Kaspersky trial when your internet security runs out

- See more at: http://ihubbub.com/kaspersky

Kaspersky has partnered with iHubbub to bring you the most powerful internet security and to offer you a FREE TRIAL!

All you have to do is let us know when your current internet internet security expires and we'll send you the link. Please book your Kaspersky Free Trial.

Download free Kaspersky trial when your internet security runs out

- See more at: http://ihubbub.com/kaspersky

Kaspersky has partnered with iHubbub to bring you the most powerful internet security and to offer you a FREE TRIAL!

All you have to do is let us know when your current internet internet security expires and we'll send you the link. Please book your Kaspersky Free Trial.

Download free Kaspersky trial when your internet security runs out

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