The best way to build stronger defenses is to identify your company's weak spots. Here's a primer.
First things first: There are way more than five ways that cyberthieves can break into your business. (They’re surely thinking up new methods as you read this.) Often they use more than one approach in a single attack.
Even so, small-business hacks tend to fall into a few categories. We turned to security professionals and "ethical" hackers--they help businesses identify their vulnerabilities--to find out the most common methods used and what you can do to protect yourself and your brand.
How It Works: With a $300 graphics card, a hacker can run 420 billion simple, lowercase, eight-character password combinations a minute.
Risks/Costs: 80% of cyberattacks involve weak passwords. 55% of people use one password for all logins.
Notable Scams: In 2012, hackers cracked 6.4 million LinkedIn passwords and 1.5 million eHarmony passwords in two separate attacks.
Your Best Defense:
Use a unique password for each account.
Aim for at least 20 characters and preferably gibberish, not real words.
Insert special characters: @#$*&
Try a password manager such as LastPass or Dashlane.