How to secure your devices from cyber attacks

689 million people worldwide – nearly 107 million in the US – were victims of cybercrimes last year (source: Norton Cyber Security Insights Report 2016). The total damage caused by stolen data in the United States is estimated to be around 20.3 billion dollars. It’s not just large companies that are cyber attack targets. Small and medium-sized enterprises are becoming increasingly interesting for cybercriminals as their systems are often not adequately protected.

Currently, 51 percent of Internet users believe that they are more exposed to threats online than in the real world (source: NCSIR 2016). Symantec’s security experts discovered 430 million new cases of malware in 2015, with a new zero-day attack identified each week (source: Internet Security Threat Report 2016). 90 percent of those attacks specifically targeted confidential data, such as credit card numbers, passwords for PCs, notebooks, smartphones and tablets, access to e-mail accounts, online banking, PayPal and social media profiles. In the past, cybercriminals typically destroyed data, but today’s attackers pursue financial benefit, selling or exploiting stolen data for profit. In addition, the number of professionals and organizations of hackers, brokers and fraudsters on the Internet is increasing. The diverse variety of threats — phishing, drive-by downloads, SCAM, ransomware and more – are barely detectable and increasingly directed at mobile devices. Recently, a “Gooligan attack” used access to third-party app stores to gain access to Android devices and Google accounts—exposing just how vulnerable smartphones can be to attack.

Unsure if your business is at risk? We explain why it’s important to secure your IT infrastructure and how you can actively protect it.

Different devices, little security

In particular, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the self-employed are particularly vulnerable to criminal cyber activity. In fact, spear-phishing campaigns targeting employees increased 55 percent in 2015, with an upward trend (source: ISTR 2016). While large companies usually have sophisticated security systems, many small businesses and self-employed often give little thought to associated safety risks. In particular, those who handle large-scale business communications via unsecured devices are particularly vulnerable to attacks. This can be very risky for small businesses – increasing the importance of identity theft and online threat protection.

Complete protection for IT infrastructure in one package

For small businesses and the self-employed, security packages designed for use across multiple devices are a worthwhile investment. For example, the Norton™ Security Online security package offers all-around protection for up to eight devices per user, whether it is a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Security adjustments and software updates are included. Viruses, spyware, and other malware are automatically removed, new threats are captured in real-time, and endpoint protection is included. In addition, all downloads are examined for threats such as fraud or spam. If you’re using a lot of apps, you’ll get support from the “Norton App Advisor” which informs you of any associated threats (privacy risks, aggressive advertising, unusual behavior, etc.) before downloading. And with password management from Norton Identity Safe, logging onto websites becomes easier, faster and safer. Data is secured and protected from unauthorized access. A powerful two-way firewall also protects against hackers and increases the security of your entire IT infrastructure.

Norton™ Security Online is also available as an extended package in the “Business Plus” rate with integrated backup function. Assistants are also available to guide beginners through the installation process and help secure important data and documents. All information about the rates and packages can be found here.

Source: 1&1 blog

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