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browser , and email programs . Make sure to enable options that will meet your business needs without increasing your risk .
Use a VPN ( Virtual Private Network ). A VPN encrypts the data sent to or from your device to prevent access from outsiders .
Use strong passwords . Use passwords that are unique for each device you use and each service or site you access . Avoid using your name , business name , or other words that are easily guessed . A strong password typically contains at least 8 characters with a combination of uppercase , lower case , numerical , and other characters .
Use caution on the internet . Train your staff to recognize unsafe pop-ups that appear with messages warning that your computer is infected . These pop-ups are pathways for hackers to gain access to your data . Never click on links or open attachments from people you don ’ t know or if the link looks suspicious in any way .
Closely monitor detectors . Ensure someone is physically monitoring your detection tools . Incorporating breach prevention is only the first step as you must also ensure that , if a breach occurs , you are aware as soon as possible .
Maintain updates to security software . Check for software updates regularly to ensure you maintain the maximum security benefits of your cybercrime prevention tools .
Cybercrime can happen to anyone at any time . Due to the digital transformations over the years , every business is a technology business , and as technology continues to evolve , so do cybercrooks . Cybercriminals continue to hone their craft , becoming more sophisticated , adapting swiftly and targeting companies more effectively . Cyberspace is a two-sided coin : it is a fantastic place for commerce , societal advancement , and innovation , however , it is also a playground for hackers who are ready to pounce any chance they get . Incorporating stopgaps , maintaining awareness , and practicing vigilance can go a long way in preventing cyberattacks from happening to you .
Frank J . Brown is the current owner of Watson Brown . He began his practice transition expertise in 1989 when he began providing Texas dentists and their families ’ professional guidance on selling or buying a dental office . Frank earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas and earned his Master of Laws in taxation from Southern Methodist University School of Law . As a broker and tax attorney , Frank provides council to buyers and sellers before , during , and after their transitions while also drafting documents and valuing dental practices . For more information , call ( 469 ) 222-3200 or email Frank @ ADSTexas . com . www . northtexasdentistry . com | NORTH TEXAS DENTISTRY 15