5 Most Common Ways Hackers Can Break into Your Business

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Once hackers gain access to the computer system of a business, they can steal customer data. They can then use this data to steal money from customers’ bank accounts. There are also cases where hackers encrypt all the files and data in the system and then demand ransom from the business.

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Furthermore, even in cases where they fail to successfully wreak havoc on the data and the systems of a business, the reputational hit that such a breach can cause can be significant enough to cause the erosion of a business’s customer base. Therefore, as a business owner, it is always prudent to take all the steps that you can to ensure that you prevent such a breach. The first step towards beefing up your security to ensure a hacker-proof system is to know how hackers can break in. Here are the 5 most common ways that you should watch out for.

Phishing Attack

Phishing attacks are still being used because they are effective. These attacks normally come in the form of a clickable link or file that promises either free stuff or something enjoyable like a video. Once the person clicks the link, it either automatically downloads a file that gives the users control of the system, or it leads the user to a website that contains malicious code.

Phishing attacks can be launched through emails. They can also use instant messages or even social media. Whichever form they take, when an employee clicks on the links or attachments shared, while they are using your network, it will provide an easy way for hackers to break into your business. This is so especially if you fail to secure your Mac computer with a good antivirus. Without the added security blanket that an antivirus provides, your system will be at an increased risk of harm.

Brute Force Attacks

Most computer system users forget to change their passwords from the default passwords that are initially assigned. Even those who change their passwords, they tend to use simple passwords. Others simply opt to use the same password for every online account that they sign up.

Weak passwords are a security vulnerability that hackers can exploit by using simple brute force attack scripts. These scripts can guess numerous possible combinations. As a result, if a user in your organization uses a weak password to gain entry to your network, hackers can be able to attack your network by simply guessing possible combinations.

Social Engineering

Instead of relying on their ability to write malicious code, hackers sometimes rely on their social skills to gain access to a network. They can trigger an attack, like a DDOS attack which slows down your network. Since they know that you will need a technician’s help to fix the problem, they can then pose as computer technicians. And when they come to purportedly fix your problem, they can then install a backdoor that allows them access to your computer system network.

In some cases, they straight-out impersonate other people that you regularly deal with. They can also befriend your employees and then trick them into installing scripts that end up giving them the loophole that they need to launch a full attack on your business.

Remote Code Execution

There are times when hackers discover vulnerabilities in systems that a business is using. This may be because of a business using an older version of software on its servers. It may also be because of failure to the software on which the servers run. Instances of vulnerable modules, frameworks, and libraries can also provide a point of weakness. In all these cases, a hacker can launch an attack, remotely, that is aimed at exploiting these weaknesses. By throwing different forms of attacks on the system, they can eventually use these weaknesses to break through and gain access to your business’ computer system.

Malware Attack

Hackers routinely hide malicious code in free software and files that are available on torrenting sites. There are also cases where they leave infected USB drives in places that increase the likelihood of employees using them on business computers.

Once the USB drive, software, or files are opened in a computer at work, the malware infects the system and then goes about collecting sensitive data. It may record passwords, capture keystrokes, and any other information that may make it easy to gain access to the system. Once the hackers have access to this information, they can then enter the network as if they had permission to do so in the first place.

Therefore, as a business owner, you can reduce the risk of getting hacked by taking measures to seal the above vulnerabilities. You can achieve this by installing good antivirus software, making it mandatory to change passwords, educating your employees about phishing attacks, and ensuring that there are thorough checks and authentication procedures for any contractors that you use.

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