There are more bad guys around the globe and their tools continue to get more sophisticated. I have recently seen small businesses get hit with ransomware and other viruses causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Much of this is not talked about openly because companies typically don’t want you, or their customers or their shareholders to know that they have been violated.
Passwords can be cumbersome to manage because there are two opposing goals: convenience and security. Balancing the need for an easy-to-use process with the demand for strong security measures can be challenging.
It is essential to take stock of the various accounts held across different platforms, particularly those where unauthorized access could lead to financial loss. Understanding the breadth of online accounts helps in identifying areas that require protection.
Securing the email account is paramount because it can serve as a gateway to other accounts. Two-factor authentication, such as Google’s two-factor authentication for Gmail, can be an effective first line of defense. Joining BT4SB (Big Technology for Small Business) can provide more information on two-factor authentication.
People often underestimate their vulnerability to cyber threats. It serves as a reminder to take proactive steps to protect oneself online, including implementing robust security measures and staying informed about potential risks.