9 Cyber Security Myths: Busted

Cyber security is one of the top priorities for organizations in the modern age. Data breaches have affected a range of businesses, from unknown small startups to notorious large corporations. But what are some cyber security myths?

Well, here are 9 of the cyber security myths that many people would believe to be true, but are in fact, not and therefore should be recognized in order to ensure that their personal or corporate devices are kept safe from cyber criminals:

Myth #1 – if you own a small business you are safe 

Many people believe that small businesses are not affected by cyber security threats. They also think that attackers only go after large corporations. This inherently is not true. Even though in the news and on social media, it is often the large organizations that are mentioned. When they have a data breach, small and mid sized businesses also face digital threats. As they don’t think they can be affected, they often do not invest in security measures that will prevent them from occurring. 

Cyber criminals don’t care what the size of your business is and will come after you. Even though a larger business may seem more tempting as they hold a bigger amount of sensitive information, they usually have better security systems. And, therefore are harder to attack than smaller businesses. This, however, as made clear by the media isn’t always the case.

Myth #2 – the passwords you are using are strong enough to withstand hacking from cyber criminals

Many people use passwords that are created using their date of birth, place of work, their name or another obvious choice. They might not think that cyber criminals can hack these passwords. Unfortunately these can easily be broken into and aren’t 100% secure. Although, those that are created using a variety of special characters and numbers also have a chance of being broken into.

To make sure that your passwords are not hacked and that your sensitive information is kept safe, it is important that you frequently change your passwords. Both at work and on your devices at home. Your desktop will even often remind you to change your password and some apps/social media platforms will ask you to as well. If you are someone that frequently forgets your passwords, you can always use software such as LastPass or 1Password. These apps securely saves your passwords and will update them when you do.

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