Don’t be a phishing statistic: How to protect your business

May 2nd, 2019 in Security

Phishing statistics show that malicious emails are the most common threat to an organization’s security. The consequences can be extremely harmful to your business. Given the alarming statistics on phishing attacks, it’s clear that email security should be a top priority for your organization. ProtonMail makes it easier for teams to identify and report phishing …

How to stop the 6 most common types of cyber crime methods against businesses

April 11th, 2019 in Security

Malware and social engineering are the top two types of cyber crime methods businesses have to face. Here’s how to prevent these attacks from hurting your business. Each quarter, the security firm Positive Technologies releases statistics on the most common types of cyber crime based on their internal data. The numbers from the fourth quarter …

Top cyber security solutions for small businesses

April 3rd, 2019 in Security

These encrypted apps and web services can help small businesses secure their data without spending too much time and money. Cyber criminals love to target small businesses because they know small and medium-sized businesses, short on time, resources, or expertise, cannot always secure their data. But the cost of not securing your company’s data has …

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In the fight against hackers, your employees are the weakest link

March 28th, 2019 in Security

In a previous infographic, we showed that small businesses are prime targets for hackers. One reason is that small businesses often have less capacity to train their employees on IT security. This makes them the perfect target for phishing attacks. One report even found that most employees were not sure they could spot a phishing …

Email is the #1 target for hackers. Here’s how to secure your business

March 20th, 2019 in Security

Criminals love to attack businesses via email because it gives them direct access to every organization’s weakest link: employees themselves. You can mitigate the threat by following these secure email practices. Email is the primary attack vector for hacking and fraud, and the situation is only getting worse. From 2017 to 2018, email-based attacks on …

How to create a strong password

March 19th, 2019 in Security

The standard advice about strong passwords may leave you vulnerable to hacks. In this article, we tell you how to create a strong password and the best way to keep it safe. You probably already know some obvious password safety tips, like don’t use “password” as your password. But did you know that a password …

Network security for business: the first step to preventing data breaches

March 15th, 2019 in Security

Network security can be complex and confusing, but it’s essential that small businesses get it right. This guide explains basic network security measures and how to implement them on your company’s network. Network security is analogous to home security: You are fortifying and controlling access to where your business’s data lives. Network security is nothing …

Small businesses are big targets for hackers, but they still aren’t prepared

March 7th, 2019 in Security, Uncategorized

Data breaches that make the news usually involve massive corporations with vast datasets. But small businesses must also prevent cyberattacks and data breaches, and most don’t feel prepared. “We lost $10,000 due to a cyberattack on our mainframe in which a hacker was able to access financial data.” “An email was sent from a banking …

Let’s settle the password vs. passphrase debate once and for all

March 5th, 2019 in Security

Should you use a password or passphrase? The question has sparked intense discussion among techies for years. Here’s our recommendation. Several years ago, the science comic blogger Randall Munroe, otherwise known as XKCD, posted a comic comparing passwords and passphrases. The illustration attempts to demonstrate mathematically, using information theory, that passwords tend to be weaker …

The key to small business cyber security is a culture of security awareness

February 28th, 2019 in Security, Uncategorized

Small business cyber security is often overlooked, either due to a lack of expertise or funding. This is a mistake. Cyberattacks are costly to mitigate but potentially more costly to recover from after they occur. Managers can improve their small business’s cyber security by creating a security-conscious culture in the workplace. There are two things …

ProtonMail SSL certificates and DarkMatter

February 25th, 2019 in Security, Uncategorized

Earlier today claims appeared that ProtonMail is compromised because of an alleged connection between our SSL certificates and DarkMatter, a shadowy cybersecurity company. These allegations are false, as we will explain. Earlier today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reported that the Emirati cybersecurity firm DarkMatter had applied to become a top-level certificate authority. Certificate authorities (CA) …

How long should my password be?

February 13th, 2019 in Privacy, Security

A strong password doesn’t have to be 30 characters long. But if you’re using an eight-character password, you have a good chance of being hacked. This article will help you understand how long your password should be. For decades, information security experts have tried to get people to create stronger passwords by requiring a minimum …

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