The old saying is still true – the more things change, the more they stay the same. With 20 years of internet, technology has definitely changed, the end results are the same. Whereas in times past, conmen would spin you a sad tale to get you to write a cheque (yes a cheque, remember those?!) or hand over your hard earned cash. Nowadays, cyber criminals send you an email full of woe asking for your credit card details or to transfer funds so they can release millions of dollars from far flung places around the world.
Most people are aware of such common scams now but identity theft, credit card fraud and corporate espionage are more common than most people think. What is even more scary is that it is very easy for cyber criminals to obtain the information they need to steal from you. Gone are the days of forging cheques a la Frank Abignale (watch “Catch Me if You Can” if you get a chance, it’s a good film and shows old school techniques for defrauding the unsuspecting public), the internet twenty years on is an era where criminals don’t even have to put in much effort to steal from you. All they need is a computer and Internet connection. Binary Limited can quickly asses your risk and recommend safeguards to protect your data and online transactions from common cyber criminals.
When you are in business, your reputation is paramount after all, people do business with people they know like and trust. It is that simple. What is also simple is how Binary Limited can work with you to protect your reputation. In the days before the internet, identify theft was more intimate – forging a signature could only be done with a pen an paper and replicating this was an art. Today, here is a simple scenario – your email account is hacked and let’s say that this time they are the cyber equivalent of “joy riders” who just want to be a nuisance rather than to steal your sensitive information for material gain. In this scenario, random files are sent to clients and your customer database is spammed. While no direct financial damage is caused, it is likely that your clients and customers are wondering what information was shared and if their details are safe. Recovering their confidence will be a challenge. The good news is that this scenario is preventable and Binary Limited can assist with setting this up for you.
With 20 years of Internet, it has grown to become more than just a way of keeping defence systems operational should an act of war or terrorism erupt, it is now so well integrated and woven into the fabric of our lives that it is almost impossible to imagine life without it. Indeed, a whole generation has grown up not knowing a world without being able to log in and connect to the information they need at the end of their fingertips.What we have noticed is that if there is a way of extorting money, criminals will find a way to do it using the internet because it is an easy way to to reach an almost unlimited number of targets and it doesn’t take a lot of effort adapting real world methods to the virtual or cyber environment. The key to defending yourself and your business from cyber criminals is to understand the weaknesses in your current system and put in reinforcements to keep your environment safe and secure. Contact Binary Limited for more information on how we can help you protect your business for the next twenty years and beyond.