From Backdoors to Ransomware: Dodging Cyberattacks

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Cyberattacks have become more common, more frequent, and more expensive than ever. They're the "big bad wolf" of the business world--so how can you make sure you're building strong stone walls around your data, machines, and mobile devices? Simple: you start by learning to identify and avoid common cyberattacks--so let's get started!

Understanding Cyberattacks

The first thing you need to know about cyberattacks is that they can happen to anyone, anywhere. Although they get the most publicity when big companies are involved, cyberattacks are just as common in small businesses--which means no one is safe. That might seem grim, but the truth is that, in order to protect your company information and your customers' personal data, you need to be armed and ready with the best security solutions. On top of that, it's helpful to know exactly what you're up against--so let's take a look at some of the most common cyberattacks (and how to dodge them).


The "backdoor" cyberattack is exactly what it sounds like: hackers break into your company's website and then leave a "backdoor" entry point open so that they can get back in later. To dodge this cyberattack, make sure to monitor your website for any unusual signs--like new files, unfamiliar images, or changes you didn't make.


Ransomware is one of the most infamous cyberattacks--and for good reason. Cyber-criminals steal your most valuable files and then demand that you pay a "ransom" to get them back, which can be damaging to both your budget and your reputation. Dodging this cyberattack involves a lot of vigilance. If you see an unfamiliar page stating all your data is encrypted and you need to make a payment in order to get it back, you've been hit by ransomware.


Another type of cyberattack to look out for is "malvertising," or malicious advertising. Malvertising involves using ads--even legitimate ones--to infect computers with malware. Keep any eye out for suspicious ads or anything that doesn't match your search history, and don't click on unfamiliar links.

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