Loss of vital data
- Money stolen
And yes, they do target small businesses. You are just data to them, it isn’t personal. They target charities, schools and hospitals too – they have no conscience.
Cybercriminals are professionals in their own field; they know where to look and how to get in. With this not being your area of expertise, you are likely making it too easy for them.
- 8 character password’s take 5 seconds to crack
- It only takes one open door for them to get in
- A data breach at another firm exposing your credentials
Unauthorised access to your social media accounts can have far-reaching consequences. However, we can reduce the chances of this happening by undertaking a security review.
Make sure your own social media accounts have the following
- A long password, at least 20 characters
- The password is unique, meaning that is not used elsewhere
- That you have enabled 2FA
This worksheet will help you tick off your progress.
I also recommend that you check the security advice of each platform to make sure you are maximising your security.
If relevant, review the accounts you manage for other people/businesses and make sure they also hold this security standard.
Then make sure that any other users of these accounts meet these requirements.
If it feels like a big undertaking to work through all of your accounts, break it down into smaller tasks and be sure to recognise your progress as you work through it.