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Is Online Security Really That Big of a Deal?

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Over the course of the last two years, we’ve heard of a lot of big, well-known companies and organizations getting hacked. We’ve been pressed to go to our favorite websites and change our passwords. It’s stressed to avoid logging on to public Wi-Fi hotspots to prevent our data or identities to be stolen. Are we simply over-sensitized, or are there real dangers to not protecting ourselves?

Television and film personifies hackers as introverted (yet handsome) geniuses who, with a short burst of keyboard-mashing, can tap into security camera systems, change police reports, and hijack just about any piece of electronics. It’s pretty scary stuff – because of this there is a little light bulb in our brain that tells us it’s fiction and won’t happen to us.

There’s nothing wrong with that. The entertainment industry takes the liberty to pad the ever-looming threat of technology and those that use it for injustice to get a stronger reaction out of the audience. That’s why it merely takes a computer virus written on a Mac to stop an alien invasion or two people on the same keyboard to prevent a hacker.

In real life, it’s not as ridiculous, but it’s still a huge concern for businesses. Often enough, IT security issues aren’t specifically trying to target your organization, but threats like malware, phishing attacks, and denial of service attacks can do a lot of harm for your business, your data, and even your reputation. Utilizing best practices, secure passwords, and a good security solution can stop harmful threats from entering your organization.

On top of that, it is important to consider internal practices and policies to ensure your data is protected from within. It doesn’t happen all of the time (and we all hope it never does), but a disgruntled employee can do a lot of damage with just a few clicks, let alone common, everyday user error. Employing permissions and policies along with a solid backup solution will go a long way for any small business, and you don’t need to break the bank on it either.

Want to learn more about protecting your business and technology investment? Contact TMS at 1 (626) 737-2960 today.