Businesses at risk from social networking sites

As innumerable users worldwide will attest (over 2 billion people alone actively use Facebook) social networking sites can be a wonderful tool for communicating on a very personal and often emotional level with friends and family.  They do however also create the perfect environment for connecting users with fake stories and links to malicious content from scammers and tricksters.

The major source of threats to businesses are the risks associated with clicking on malicious web links, combined with web browsers that can be exploited. To protect themselves against these types of attacks, it is critical that the first line of defence is implemented in the web browser on desktops, laptops and other mobile devices.

Many small businesses however usually make do with Internet connectivity solutions and the use of social networks escapes any scrutiny, putting them at a disadvantage.

Larger companies often add expensive technologies to monitor, block or scan access to the major players such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Vine Camera and Pinterest. Many small businesses however usually make do with Internet connectivity solutions and the use of social networks escapes any scrutiny, putting them at a disadvantage.

At Ascend Business Technology we always recommend keeping operating systems up to date with the latest patches, plus the use of an Internet security solution that actively scans web content to prevent known malicious content being accessed.

These two tactics should stop the nasty consequences that can arise from clicking on malicious links on social networking sites, which can include data or identity theft, fraud or reputational damage.

Have any concerns about the unseen impact of malicious content on your business network? Contact us today. Ascend Business Technology’s experience in security implementations can help you mitigate present and future risks.