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  1. 5 Reasons the Need for Cyber Security Continues to Grow

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    Cyber security isn’t something to address once and forget about. It’s not an afterthought or something that applies only to tech business nowadays, as its reach spreads wider each day. It has quickly become one of the most important issues that businesses (and people individually) collectively face in the modern era. Its importance will only increase over the next few years for a number of reasons that are absolutely worth exploring.

    Cyber Security is Critical and Common

    The odds that you will avoid being hit by a cyber-attack at some point in your life are very much against you. In fact, according to a study conducted by Ponemon Institute, about two-thirds of server message blocks (SMBs) were hit with some type of attack in 2018. This means the chances are pretty high that someone has tried to hack your online information at one time or another in recent days. Risk management is of the utmost importance when it comes to keeping your information systems safe.

    The Cost of a Cyber Attack is On the Rise

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    As of 2018, the average cost of a single consolidated breach rose to nearly $3 million! That’s an impossible hit and an immense amount of money to consider paying, even if your revenue is substantial. Costs to repair the damage created by cyber-attacks continue to increase, hitting schools and other systems that are far less business-oriented than most. These cyber-attacks and malicious code cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and losses. It’s imperative to prioritize your business tech security to stay in business and keep your information protected.

    Risk Assessment: Hacks Can Shut Down Your Business

    Cyber security continues to be a pressing need due to the reach certain types of cyber-attacks have. Many hacks can expose the personal information of your employees and your customers, too. They can cause your business to shut down operation for days or weeks, depending on how bad the cyber breach is. This can be absolutely catastrophic for a business, its computer networks and its reputation. While you might think it won’t happen to your business, it’s happening everywhere, all the time.

    Cybercrime is an Increasing Trend

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    Another recent study revealed that the global cost of online cyber-crime is expected to hit an enormous $6 trillion by as soon as 2021. This means that things are only going to get worse as time goes on. This is why you must prioritize your own cyber security as soon as possible and protect the sensitive information and sensitive data your business collects.

    The Importance of Business Continuity

    At this point, the statistics are clear—you can’t stop yourself from becoming the target of a cyber-attack, but you can stop yourself from becoming the victim of one. Even beyond network security, a core part of cyber safety and security involves having a plan for business continuity and disaster recovery as an organic part of your other security measures. This type of plan—one built with your business in mind—will guarantee that even if you do suffer a cyber-attack, you can pick back up as quickly as possible without losing your data and important information.

    If you’re located around the Tucson or Phoenix areas and would like to find out more about the growing need for cyber security, please don’t delay —  contact IA Tech Group today.

  2. The Dangers of Clicking Unsubscribe Links in Your Emails

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    Everyone receives emails they don’t want, and it can be tempting to click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom, but beware! This is a simple and easy way to prevent future emails from that sender, right? While that may be true, this simple action can actually cause more problems than it solves, especially if you don’t know or trust the sender—or have never subscribed to their emails. Its also an easy way for email senders to disguise their identity and location, making an effective email method of a phishing attack. Here are four dangers of unsubscribing from emails right away:

    Unsubscribing Confirms your Email Address

    After opening that email and clicking “unsubscribe,” spammers may actually send you more email instead of removing you from their list. They may sell your email address to other spammers if they’re especially ruthless.

    Clicking Confirms You’ve Read the Email

    Clicking Confirms You’ve Read the Email

    Clicking that “unsubscribe” button also tells the sender that you may be interested in the subject matter, as you read through the email and clicked an internal button. This information allows spammers to narrow the focus of the future email, making it more likely that you’ll open and read them.

    Unsubscribing Sends Information About Your Computer

    Some senders require an email from you as part of the unsubscribing process. This step may involve sending them an email directly with a particular phrase such as “remove” or “unsubscribe” in the subject field. Clicking the unsubscribe link may also open an email window. Either way, sending an email provides the recipient with your email header, which contains information about your email software and computer. This information can be highly useful for anyone who wants to access your computer.

    A subscription request may also open a browser window, which additionally provides the spammer with information about you. This information includes your browser, operating system, and IP address, which spammers can then use to determine your approximate geographic location. They can also send your computer a “cookie” that will identify you if you visit any of their other websites.

    Visiting Unknown Websites Exposes you to Malware

    Visiting Unknown Websites Exposes you to Malware

    Accessing a website as part of the unsubscribing process provides a spammer with an opportunity to install malware on your computer. Malware is designed to gain access to and corrupt your computer. A type of malware known as a drive-by download can be installed, even if you don’t click anything on the website! Spammers can tailor this malware to increase its effectiveness against your cybersecurity, based on the information you’ve already provided.

    Keep Your Email Safe

    The best strategy for dealing with unwanted email is to simply remove it from your inbox and block the sender’s email address. The specific procedure for accomplishing these tasks depends on your email software. For certain software, marking a message as spam automatically moves the message to a trash folder and blocks the sender. In other cases, you may need to manually move the message and add the sender’s email address to your block list. Some email software platforms continue to learn more about what’s considered spam when you mark a message as such, which helps to protect your computer in the future.

    When it comes to computer security, safety, cloud services, Wi-Fi, and more, look no further than Integrated Axis technology Group for the best technology services Tucson has to offer. Contact us here or call us at (520) 877-3033 to learn more about our IT services.