Cyber security has always been important, yet it tends to be one of the last things people and businesses think about. For a long time, most people didn’t do more than add a simple ad-blocker extension to their internet browser and use whichever antivirus software came with their computer. But as the evolution of technology continues to outpace humans’ ability to keep up with it, people are finding out that proper cyber security is pivotal to ensuring well being.

A breach or hack in your cyber security can have serious consequences. After all, you provide the internet, which essentially the entire world can access, with your private personal information. You then trust the safety of this information to third-party security services—but you can’t rely on these services completely. You can, however, do your part to ensure optimal cyber security and safety.

Why Are Cyber Security Risks Rising?

Obviously, crime has existed throughout time. As the times change and technology advances, so do the crimes and the culprits behind them. The internet provides those with ill intent a variety of easy ways to gain access to peoples’ information and money.

Just think about the number of businesses that operate strictly in an online capacity in 2020. There are around four billion internet users and two billion websites. With so many people online, hackers have no problem finding users with weak cyber security.

The Speed of Technology

The human race has moved online at great speed. From the moment humans are born, they are almost instantaneously catapulted into the digital world. Yet this speed is nothing compared to how fast technology continues to make leaping strides.

Think about everything you know about the internet. What software, apps, and websites do you use regularly? And now think about everything you don’t know. The average person’s knowledge of the online world is just a tiny fraction of the information out there. That is the reality of technology. It changes so fast that it’s often hard to keep up.

Any area in which you lack information is an area in which you are vulnerable to security risks and cyber attacks. An overlooked security breach here or a passive access approval there and the next thing you know, your information is subject to theft. This happens every day. With the surge of social media apps and platforms and further integration of personal information and technology, you are bound to see these occurrences increase even more.

Internet Dependence

While the internet has been around for decades, we have never been as reliant on it as we are today. The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t helped; it has become necessary to shift our lives online.

Many of us now work at home and from other remote environments. This transition has introduced another way for hackers to cause trouble—you may not have the same cyber security amenities, software, and maintenance teams that you had when working in a commercial office space.

Furthermore, this online shift has seen an increase in individuals starting online businesses themselves to cater to the fast-growing demand for having services and products home-delivered. This is another area where businesses and entities can be vulnerable to an attack. As they rush to set up their online presence, business owners might overlook some of the key factors that increase their cyber security.

Individuals have also filled their private life with the many services the internet provides. You can order almost anything you want online, as well as pay your bills, set up an appointment, and book a flight. Everything that you can think of can now be done online. While convenient, it also means you are providing more access to your information than ever before. 

The Ways You Are at Risk 

There are several ways you can become the target of a cyber attack or hack. Think about the information you share with websites and social media platforms; in the case of a cyber attack by a hacker, all of this information could be stolen. That means a stranger would not only have access to where you live and how to contact you, but also your banking information in some circumstances. We don’t even have to explain how that could harm you.

However, you don’t necessarily have to be the victim of a hack or attack to be harmed. You could accidentally grant access to someone you shouldn’t have or share information with a person on the internet whom you thought was someone else. That’s why it is important to be careful about the ways you choose to spread and grant access to your information online.

How You Can Improve Your Cyber Security

Credible social media companies, websites, and online businesses usually do a good job of defending themselves—and in effect you—from cyber attacks. Tools such as third-party payment verification, CAPTCHA filtration, and asking for proof of identification are ways to improve cyber security and protect against an attack.

Just like your real-life security, though, you should take control of your own cyber security. A good way to start is by being more proactive and vigilant when it comes to the information you make available online, especially your private information. You should also read about the different anti-virus software available. 

If you run a business, it’s in your best interest to consult with a cyber security expert. At Techinc, we’ve been helping businesses protect their data and customers for years. When we work with a small business like yours, we take a look at your current security setup and do everything we can to update your security and provide you with peace of mind. Learn more about our Security Assessment or give us a call today at 303-835-4363.