The Hacker Who Stole Christmas

Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:47
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It’s finally here, the festive season! Like the majority of people you are probably planning what to do with all your free time over Christmas and the New Year. Maybe it’s that drive up the coast for a few days or you are going lock yourself in a room and finish every season of Game of Thrones. Whatever it is, there could be nothing worse than having to cut short your time off with the news that your online security has been breached.

Research firm, Roy Morgan conducted research late 2013 and discovered that more than 50% of Australians do their shopping online equating to almost $9 billion dollars. This number was helped by the rise of the smartphone. It was found that shopping via mobile device grew by 101% from 2012 to 2013.

As our insatiable thirst for online purchasing increases so does the threat of online fraud for both businesses and consumers. While there is an abundance of information and advice out there for consumers there is not so much for businesses.

Here are 6 tips for businesses to protect themselves from online threats during the festive break:

  • Passwords – set strong and long passwords on your business accounts. Don’t use your company name and don’t give the same password to everyone if you are creating logins to your system. Many people don’t change their passwords which mean you have a large gaping hole in your security. Have a look at KeePass or LastPass help manage your passwords.
  • User – give different users different logins and different permission levels in the systems that offer these security protection features. This way you will be able to limit access to sensitive areas to more trusted users, and you will also be able to see who is doing what in different areas of the system.
  • Credit card and bank account details – keep them safe and never send them in an email. If you are going to share your credit card details do it in a secure way like through a secure online form that has been built specifically for the purpose.
  • Emails – if an email or a file you receive via email looks strange don’t open it. It is so much better to be safe than sorry. If the message is super important and genuine you will get the message so don’t worry about deleting the email.
  • Anti-virus protection – keep your anti-virus software up to date. There is nothing worse than snoozing the software update only to have your computer infected by a virus.
  • Back-up your data – backing up your computer files is something you should be doing at least once a week in case your system goes down.

If your business deals with online transactions, payment security should be a very important issue for you all the time but especially over the Christmas period when online transactions increase significantly. It is wise not to just protect yourself as a consumer; but to also make sure that your business is adequately protected too.

Don’t let an online hacker steal your Christmas this year.

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