When the glossy sheen of the World Wide Web started to dull – sometime in the mid-to-late 1990s – computer users were beginning to witness the downside of connectivity, and they did not like what they saw.
Tons of spam washed over every email account, and computer viruses wreaked havoc on business networks. A terrifying criminal element emerged that extended the definition of thievery to include infiltrating your computer, stealing personal information, tricking you into revealing private data, and using that data to steal and extort everything from your business secrets and bank account to your identity.
Despite that, most businesses large and small rely on the internet to track their financials, order and maintain inventory, conduct marketing and PR campaigns, connect with customers, engage in social media, and perform other critical operations. Yet, with startling frequency, we hear about massive computer breaches at even the top companies.
Small businesses are responsible for preventing these crimes from harming company property and stealing consumer information. Here are some steps you can take to protect your company's computer integrity.