small business data privacy Georgetown TXLooking at past statistics, 2019 could be considered another record year for data breaches. For anyone following popular security-related news, this should unfortunately not be a surprise. So, we know the threats are out there, but what can we do to avoid such a potentially catastrophic mishap?

In this blog post, we will cover the top 5 BIGGEST data privacy threats that you and your company should watch out for:

  1. Webcam Access – While it’s rare, there are known exploits that allow others to access your webcam (such as malicious software or software security flaws). Putting electrical tape over your webcam isn’t a bad idea, but more webcams are coming with kill switches and shutters for peace of mind.
  2. Phishing Scams – Don’t ever expect these to go away. People still fall for them. NEVER click links in e-mails from anyone you don’t know (and even if you do know them, verify that they sent you a link — e-mail addresses can be spoofed).
  3. Web Browser Plug-ins – Vet every browser plug-in and extension you install. Many extensions collect your browsing history and sell it. Read the terms of service before you click install (a good rule of thumb for software in general).
  4. Ad Tracking – Web ads (and web ad providers, such as Facebook and Google) are notorious for tracking users. They want to know what you like so they can cater ads directly to you in the hopes that you’ll click the ad, which gives them ad revenue. It’s one of the many reasons why people use ad blockers.
  5. Device Tracking – If you have a smartphone, chances are it’s being used to track your every move. Again, it comes back to delivering ads that are relevant to you so you’ll click on them. For companies like Facebook and Google, users are the product.

Inc., 7/19/2019