Home Business Owners: You are under cyber attack!

Author of the ‘CyberSafr Home Business GuideCyberSafr Home Business Guide’, Neil Lewis, advises home business owners that they are under attack.

“Despite the major 2017 hacks and ransoms at international companies such as Equifax, Uber and national health services across the world, the big and mid-sized organisations are stepping up their cyber security quickly and effectively.

Lewis said “this means the home business owner – of which there are 400,000 across the North West and 5 million in the UK – are fast becoming the new target of international cybercriminals.
“Last year, studies in the US noted that 7 out of 10 Android smart phones are insecure. Many of those are owned by home business people, providing services to larger companies and organisations and therefore, offering a window through which cybercriminals can attack larger organisations.

“And a hack or cyberattack can be catastrophic for the home business owners too. Not only do SME businesses report substantial financial loss – typically around £10,000, but further studies show that 70% of customers leave following a cyber incident.

“Those two reasons explain why it is common for small and home businesses to fold after a cyber breach.

“So what can the Home Business owner do? The well-worn advice of update your system software, maintain strong passwords and take control of your router and devices is the right advice. But how do you implement these recommendations?

“What do you do if you have teenagers in the house who share your internet connection and like to spend their days and nights gaming? Or watching movies they have downloaded? Or boldly exploring parts of the internet that you never knew existed?

“Of course, you know that you should be cautious before clicking a link – but your children?

“Who else uses your home business network? You partner, your work colleagues, friends and family?

“And then of course there is the internet connected washing machine, bluetooth speakers, children’s dolls, smart watches, media players, tablets, smart hoovers, smart security cameras and digital locks. Are these secure? Are they safe when used together on the same home network?

“In many cases the answer is no – and with the ten-fold expansion in digitally connected devices (also known as the Internet of Things) your home and workplace is becoming more and more vulnerable.

“Did you know for instance, that there are hundreds of thousands of hacked webcams around the world that internet users can search, find and watch?

“And how many digitally connected devices will you connect to your network this Christmas – possibly without a thought to the security implications for your home business?”

“That’s why I wrote the CyberSafr Home Business Guide” adding Lewis, “because we all need help to close our digital front doors and lock our virtual backdoors.”

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