The major security breach at Target that affected more than 40 million customers shows how smart computer hackers are at infiltrating the best security systems. Small business owners and IT professionals can learn a few things from the 2019 Target security breach.

Attackers from anywhere around the globe can infect your computer with malware. This malware can be used to steal information off of your computer, it can be used to leverage attacks against other systems, or spread malware to more users. Fortunately, there are measures to take to help protect your computer network.

#1. Desktop security software is available which include antivirus, anti-spam, and firewalls. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus and Kaspersky Antivirus are highly-rated.

#2. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are good for businesses that want to access information remotely. It encrypts the network traffic when you access applications via a web browser.

#3. Employee training/awareness is critical. Teaching your staff not to open email attachments or click on website links from unknown sources will reduce your exposure.

Cyber threats are ever evolving – system updates are crucial as new viruses are created all the time. Are there old programs on your computer? Is your operating system out-of-date (i.e. Windows XP)? These can also expose your business to security breaches. Talk to your IT professional to evaluate your system and help protect your business and client data.

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