cloud_vs_virtualizationBy Rick Boyles, President, Computer Networks, Inc. |

In a December 2014 survey by the National Small Business Association, 61% of small businesses reported being victims of a cybercrime within the past 12 months.  This should perk your ears up if you own a business in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Hampton Roads, Virginia.

The average cost to recover from a cyber-attack skyrocketed from $8,699 per attack in 2013 to $20,752 per attack in 2014. And, of the businesses targeted, 68% said they’d been hacked more than once.  More than likely, many of these businesses did not have robust Managed IT Services or Computer Network Services.

IT support companies and experts agree, as cyber-crooks become ever more sophisticated, the threat to small businesses and medical practices is going to get worse before it gets better…

So what can you do to beat the bad guys?

Here are three common ploys used by hackers – and how you can fend them off:

Phishing – A really legitimate-looking e-mail urges you to click a link or open a file that triggers a malware installation on your computer.

Best Defense: Don’t let anyone in your company open files or click links in an e-mail unless they’re certain who it came from.

Cracking Your Password – Hackers can run programs 24/7 testing password combinations. The easier your password is to guess, the more likely it is they’ll crack it.

Best Defense: Consider using a password manager that generates and stores tough-to-crack passwords. For extra security, use unique passphrases for financial accounts in case the manager gets hacked.

Drive-By Download – You visit what appears to be an innocent site; yet when you click, your device gets hacked – and you may never know it, until it’s too late.

Best Defense: Make sure your browser is up-to-date, or use one that updates automatically, such as Firefox or Chrome. Internet Explorer users have been found to be most vulnerable to these attacks.

Unfortunately, these three examples are just a small sampling of the dozens of ever more ingenious ways cybercriminals are breaking down the doors and destroying unprepared businesses and medical practices in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and throughout the U.S.  IT support companies like ours that offer outstanding Managed IT Services or Computer Network Services can protect you.

Let us help! Call our office and receive a FREE Cyber-Security Audit to uncover gaps in your company’s online security.

Our highly trained team of IT experts will come to your office and conduct this comprehensive audit. We’ll then prepare a customized “Report of Findings” that reveals specific vulnerabilities and a prioritized Plan of Attack for getting any problems addressed fast.

About our IT Support Company
Our IT support company was founded in 2004 by Rick Boyles. Our typical customer has 10 to 150 workstations, is small businesses or medical clinics, and relies heavily on e-mail, the Internet, and their computer network for running their business or medical office.  Clients hire us to provide Managed IT Services, Computer Network Services, a Cyber-Security Audit, company online security, and more. They do not want to incur the overhead and cost of a full-time IT staff, and they do not want to risk their IT to a self-taught employee who knows “a few things” about computers.  We serve medical clinics and professional services in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Hampton Roads, Virginia.