This month is Cyber Security Month and all of us at PcRx want to make sure that you stay safe.
No matter what your business may be, it is imperative for you to see to it that your company’s network is safe from internet security threats. You don’t have to be an expert to do this and you need to make sure your company stays protected from these cyber threats at all cost. The basic knowledge of the main threats in the internet space will in itself enable you to implement safety measures and procedures to minimize the risks of having to deal with major problems pertaining to them.
The major internet threats that can harm just about any business or company today are aplenty:
Spyware and Viruses
These threats could get in your computer by various means particularly through email, clicking links that contain malicious files and documents and especially through downloads.
What Can Viruses Do? Mainly, viruses can do a lot of harmful things to your system and to your company in general. Through it, your company information, employee records and other pertinent computer documents can be stolen by the hackers who implemented these viruses.Even worse, your entire system can be locked down by a virus. That’s how bad it can get when you don’t stay vigilant to these kinds of threats.
What Can Spyware do? A spyware is a tool that allows internet hackers to spy on another person or network’s internet activities. It can allow them to log in to the computer of another person remotely without the knowledge of that person. Through it, hackers can steal passwords and other important account information. Sometimes, they use this to steal another person’s identity.
Spam pertains to unsolicited or junk emails. Receiving them involves certain risks while distributing them on the other hand involves another set of risks.
Receiving spam by clicking and opening unknown and malicious links on your email could lead to your computer contracting certain viruses and even malware. These viruses have the potential not only to steal information from your computer without your knowledge and permission but also to disable your company’s entire computer or internet network.
Distributing spam, again, involves a different type of risk. You might not be the one getting the viruses and malware that comes with them but you could be in trouble with the law when proven that you are involved in its unlawful distribution. There are already laws today that prohibit anybody from sending just about any type of email to people, customers and email contacts. Certainly, emails that have viruses and malware are prohibited and are therefore illegal.
To avoid getting into trouble with the FTC, any company email that are to be sent out to clients or customers should abide and adhere to certain standards and requirements according to the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.
- Only use appropriate subject headers and avoid misleading and inappropriate ones
- Avoid the use of subject headers that are deceptive in nature
- Email recipients should be able to find an option within your email to opt-out of your mailing list
- Ensure that the option for email recipients to opt out of your mailing list is active and will continue to be active even after 30 days from the time you send out your email
- You ought to identify your email as being an advertisement. Furthermore, you need to see to it that you include your actual or physical postal address.
In the event that anyone of your employees or even yourself gets to receive an email spam, you need to report this to firstname.lastname@example.org by simply forwarding the said email. The FTC will be the one to implement procedures to file legal complaints, prohibitions and punishments to these spammers.
Next week we will provide even more tips for staying safe!
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