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Technology Today

When the Internet first appeared, businesses and thinkers all around the world saw in the web the potential to bring people together faster. At the click of a mouse or a key, you could share data with people at the other side of the world. The feeling was generally positive. There was a sense of new faith in people, as you could, for the first time, brainstorm thoughts and combine know-how to solve problems online.

But the Hello World optimism rapidly dropped when the first viruses appeared and targeted unsuspecting users. Downloading a malicious file could install damaging programs onto your computer. While marvellous ideas were only one click away, so were gratuitous threats and dangers.

Nowadays, while social media communications have proven that you can achieve great things if only you trust people – from financial your medical surgery to finding your lost wallet –, it’s crucial for businesses to develop a no-trust strategy when it comes to online interactions. If you want to stay safe, you can’t assume that all digital exchange is pure and reliable.

Your network is vulnerable

Do you know how hackers manage to get into your network? They try relentlessly to gain access until they find a weakness. They launch multiple codes at the same time, all testing your security measures. And as soon as they’ve identified a weak spot, they focus their attention on it to penetrate your system. It’s repetitive. It’s persistent. But, more importantly, it works. Hackers can go through the net. That’s precisely why it’s crucial to run regular checks and work with a penetration testing company that reviews potential areas of improvements and patches security holes before it’s too late. You can’t afford not to know how safe your network is, because sooner than later, hackers will find out a way to gain access.

Your team is vulnerable

Can you trust your team to know when they’re being targeted by hackers? Indeed, while one type of hackers actively attacks your IT system via programming know-how, others rely on a more personal approach. Scamming is no novelty, and unfortunately, hackers have developed effective strategies to trick almost any victim. While most fraud techniques focus on sending money, more and more hackers get in touch with employees of a company to gain access to confidential data. There’s a preliminary work to establish a rapport, but once it’s done, most hackers are successful. It’s therefore essential to educate your team and provide guidance against phishing and scamming.

Your trust does not guarantee protection

Last, but not least, devices and tools you knew were safe, such as Mac products, have become targets for modern hackers who use the lack of users preparation to their advantage. The latest Mac malware currently relies on steganography to sneak into your computer and generate income. Steganography is the ancient art of hiding a code within another document – in the digital word, it’s within a benign piece of software or data. While being an old-fashioned technique, it’s dramatically effective on unquestioning users.

Example of steganography by John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I's favourite philosopher

In today’s online world, you can’t trust anyone. The safest strategy to secure your business is to make your network, computer and team impenetrable with the latest security practices and training. Don’t let your guard down for fear of letting the hackers in!

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