In today’s world, cybersecurity attacks are about as common as iPhones and voice devices. For companies that rely on using the Internet for business purposes, the risk for these types of threats is especially high. Credential stuffing is one type of cyber threat all business owners should watch out for.
With credential stuffing, a hacker uses botnets to login fraudulent data and access important information. If hacked, this information is then reused in future attacks or sold on the darknet. Victims of credential stuffing usually face severe financial and customer loss consequences, according to an article on Business 2 Community.
Because of this, it’s essential that business owners take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their company’s information. Here are a couple of ways you can protect yourself and your business from credential stuffing:
- Get ahead with firewalls
A solid firewall does wonders to protect your network from external malicious intrusion. In general, a firewall is a network device that is installed for protection against any external unauthorized access. Add an effective security process to the mix and you’ll have an overall better network experience and protection.
With these tools, you can identify malicious traffic from a single source and block out their IP address. Depending on your business and preferences, the cost of a firewall management tool can range from $100 to $5,000.
- VPNs are your friend
If you use or allow remote access, your network becomes vulnerable to outside cybersecurity attacks, especially if you or your employees are logging in at coffee shops, airports, and other places that offer free Wi-Fi and are unsecure networks.
VPNs, or virtual private networks are your best bet in securing your company’s business. Virtual private networks are encrypted connections over the Internet from a device to a network. The encryption helps ensure that confidential data is kept safe from unauthorized access.
By using or requiring your employees to use a VPN, you can protect your information even in an unsecure network, allowing you or your employer to use a company network anywhere.
Another plus is that VPNs require encryption, so even if a hacker gains access to data, they will not be able to use it for an attack.
- Consider Two-Factor Authentication
A two-factor authentication system is effective in driving away someone attempting to find that lucky combination of letters and numbers. It requires the use of a password or codes—the latter of which is sent to an external source, such as your phone or email, and is valid for a few minutes.
This system downgrades the effectiveness of credential stuffing attacks and blocks out access to confidential information.
- Education goes a long way
Educate yourself and your employees about cybersecurity and the different threats they may face while using a network. You and/or your employees should never use the same passwords while on a company network. In fact, when it comes to passwords, you should always use specific characters to make it harder for hacking programs to guess. Check out our life hacks for passwords for more tips on creating passwords.
Whether you’re running a business or using the Internet for important work purposes, it’s important to know what threats are on the web and in which ways you can protect yourself.
We hope that with this knowledge, you can update your defenses and continue on the path for your business’s success!