Facts About Data Security You Should Know

February 27, 2020 / in IT Trends, Tech Advice, / by Number8

As a result of increased data collection and data sharing by government institutions and companies, cyber threats have now become widespread and incredibly challenging to handle. Irrespective of the nature of your personal or business records, you can now quickly become a target of a hacker set on destroying your business. Here are a few useful facts that will provide you with a better understanding of data security.

Facts About Data Security You Should Know

Small Business Are a Target of Roughly 50% of Cyber Attacks

In most cases, a small business typically lacks the data security of a multi-million dollar business. This gives hackers a clear path to hack into a small business' affairs. Most small business owners often feel that they aren't vulnerable to hacking because they have nothing worth stealing. However, hackers often steal consumer information and personal data from businesses of all sizes. Roughly 60% of all businesses experience malicious hacks like DDoS attacks, phishing, and more.

Damages from Attacks Will Reach $6 Trillion By 2021

Based on data collected by Forbes, damages from hacking will amount to around $6 trillion in costs by 2021. For reference, this is a figure significantly higher than damages from natural disasters in the United States annually. This threat looms large in the future partially because of the easy availability of secure VPN services. Attackers can now hide their identity as well as their location, which makes it nearly impossible to track their activities online.

Bad Actors Use Bitcoin for Illegal Activities

Bitcoin has introduced a unique system of digital currencies. It has presented users with a quick transfer option, safety, and anonymity. However, as a result of this anonymity, bad actors are now using Bitcoin to carry out illegal activities.

Malware Attacks Have a Serious Impact on the Healthcare Industry

Malware attacks affected approximately 75% of the healthcare industry in 2019. This includes various health insurance agencies and other treatment facilities. Typically, the personal histories of patients are targeted by hackers. Additionally, medical research is often attacked and sold to the highest bidder. The negligence of data security by medical institutions and hospitals is the primary reason for these attacks.

Data Security Is Now Mandatory

Both small and large business owners are now focusing on protecting their data by investing in cybersecurity software. Any highly-effective antimalware software can verify and segregate threats from the system before a malicious attack.

It Takes About 5 Minutes to Hack IoT Devices

IoT devices like smart watches, smart cars, and home control systems can easily be hacked under 5 minutes once they're connected. This is because they cannot escape the internet when being used. This makes it nearly impossible for them to disconnect from the internet altogether. Today, hacking tool kits and software are easily accessible on the dark web for as low as $1. Third-party apps are readily available on the internet as well.

Pernicious Emails to Organizations Are Rampant

Recent reports have stated that public administration organizations now receive one malicious email per 302 emails. Although this number may seem small, there are a large number of public organizations. Each organization has numerous employees with company email addresses. This increases the chances of an employee falling into a hacker’s trap. Fortunately, there are thousands of data security tools available online and of them are free or low cost. Once you have a better understanding of the usage and implementation of these security tools, you will gain a sense of confidence in protecting your personal information. As an information technology company with many years of experience, we’ve helped hundreds of clients leverage technology to become more efficient and increase profits. Interested in learning more? Let’s connect. Send us an email or give us a call and we can get the conversation started.          

UX Design Tips Any Business Person Should Know

June 1, 2017 / in Blog, User Experience, / by Number8

UX design tips User Experience design, or UX, is the process of programming websites to better fit the needs of its users. Or otherwise adapting websites to ensure they are user-friendly. A goal for many business owners is to have the format of their website go unnoticed. This may seem counter-intuitive, but more often than not, the general public won’t think about the way in which a website is built unless it is structured poorly. A website should be well organized and function smoothly. When everything works well, the user isn’t thinking about the website itself, rather the content within it. And that should be the goal of any business person; for their customers to focus on the product. Below, we’ve gathered some helpful tips about UX design and how you can use it to elevate your business and better engage with customers.

User Experience Design Tips   

Organize based on importance:

Users are most likely to focus on the content that comes first. Have your core mission and goal as a company up front and easily accessible. Your customer should be able to get the majority of necessary information just from spending a couple minutes on your page. 

Keep it simple:

Make sure the page length is reasonable. No one wants to scroll through a never ending page of content. UX should be about making the experience enjoyable and efficient. You don't want to make your customers work. One way to simplify is with links. Make them clear and obvious. A user shouldn’t have to click on a link to figure out where it leads. The text should tell them.

Be consistent:

Your website should have an overarching theme that is easy to follow. Use similar color schemes on each page and make sure the design doesn't overpower the content.

Think mobile: 

Today more than ever it is essential to design websites that can be seamlessly translated to mobile devices. When you are working on creating a site, or relaunching, keep in mind how the website will convert to a mobile version.

Be quick: 

Above all, keep load times low. Potential clients will leave your site if the information they’re looking for takes too long to load. 

Don't try to reinvent the wheel:

All websites, no matter the content, have similarities in design. Users expect aspects such as the search field to always be located in the top right corner of the landing page. They also expect a FAQ page, or a general information page. Don't stray too far from what people are accustomed to. They might be more resistant to consuming the information if it is presented in a strange way.  Think from an outsider's perspective: Keep in mind what you would like to see on a website if you were the consumer. 

Take criticism: 

After all, it is about the user’s experience. Even if you may believe that you have the best website, if users are complaining, then it is time for some updates.   To learn more about UX, or have other tech related questions, give us a call at (502) 890-7665 today! 

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