Study Finds Millennials Most at Risk For Online Scams– Here’s What You Can Do About It
If you had to guess which demographics were most vulnerable to online tech-support scams, who would it be? A recent survey by tech giant Microsoft yielded some surprising results. According to security expert Juan Hardoy, Millennials and Gen Z-ers are among the most likely to fall for online scams. Researchers suggest that Millennials’ overall tech savviness may lead them to feel overly secure online, leading them to engage in riskier online behaviors than older generations.
As a millennial entrepreneur, keeping your (and your company’s) data secure is absolutely essential. What can you do to make sure your data stays secure?
- Call in the IT experts to make sure your company is protected
- Follow basic online best practices
Millennial entrepreneurs have a lot on their plates– managed IT services can help make sure data security doesn’t fall through the cracks.
Managed IT Services are the Easiest Way to Keep Your Information Secure
As an entrepreneur, you have to budget for products and services carefully, which typically means anything you can do yourself doesn’t make the cut. When it comes to your data security, it’s best not to take any chances.
Hiring an IT company that provides managed IT services takes the issue of security off your plate. Rather than trying your best to get it right in the limited time you have to spend on data security (because let’s face it– an entrepreneur’s schedule is jam packed), you’ll have IT experts on hand to identify potential risks before they slow you down as well as deal with any issues that may occur.
It saves time and gives you greater peace of mind– what more could you ask for?
The cybersecurity basics are the basics for a reason– these simple strategies go a long way towards keeping your data secure.
Get Back to the Cybersecurity Basics
You’ve been hearing the basics of cyber security since you were a kid learning about technology in “computer class.” There’s a reason for that– taking a few basic data security precautions can go a long way towards keeping your information secure.
In addition to bringing in IT experts, make sure you’re following these best practices:
- Actually change your password. Unless they’re forced to, most people don’t change their passwords as often as they should. Make sure each of your passwords is strong (contains a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols) and is totally unique. That means no repeats! I know, I know… it’s a pain. But it’s worth it.
- Back it up. Make sure all of your data is backed up regularly so that, if something were to happen to your information, you could minimize the damage done to your productivity.
Keep an eye on your devices. Your entire professional life can be accessed from your work desktop, your laptop, and even the tiny supercomputer in your pocket. Make sure all of your devices are password protected, and never leave them unattended while you’re logged in.
Don’t let online scams get in the way of your company’s growth. Follow these tips and keep your company’s data secure.
Just because Millennials and Gen-Zers are more likely to fall prey to online scams doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to unsecured data. Millennial entrepreneurs can easily protect their data by hiring an IT company and following a few simple best practices for data security.
What do you do to keep your company’s data secure? Leave a comment and let us know!