Hackers can and often do target small businesses that can be found in any neighborhood near you.
When it comes to data breaches, you usually only hear about them when they target a larger company, such as Equifax. However, one Consumer Reports investigation has provided some particularly interesting insights on the topic.
The Consumer Reports investigation reveals that customers of small businesses actually have about as much reason to worry. In fact, small businesses are more prone to hacks, so consumers need to be more cautious across the board. Hackers can steal information such as names, addresses, email addresses, and even credit card information. The report also found that not only are data breaches occurring at a similar rate between big and small businesses, but the consequences are also quite similar. It doesn’t matter where hackers get credit card information from, they can exploit the information just as easily. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to protect yourself from hackers.
To help protect yourself from a data breach, first of all try to be more stingy with your personal information. Take control of what information of yours is floating around on the internet. If you have your credit card information on a site you no longer use, deleting the account will reduce the risk of a data breach. For small businesses, taking similar measures can also help.