Evan Standish is sales manager for OnDeck Systems, which has been providing technology consulting, sales and implementation to North Island businesses for over 20 years. He can be reached at 250.334.0638 or at evan@ondecksystems.ca

Right now, even as you’re reading this, someone is trying to hack you.

I mean active, real-time, ongoing efforts to penetrate your computers and network; even your printers.

Certainly, “high-value” networks containing credit card information or which are crucial to the security of a country or large organisation will always be attacked by a certain breed of hacker. Today though, many more attackers are looking to infiltrate any system they can: Be it just for kicks, to see if you have any information to steal, or maybe to turn your network into a spam-bot or other automated resource for nefarious purposes.

Still, we often hear “Why would anybody want to hack me? I just run a small-town business.”

Back in the day when computers were costly and internet access was slow, certainly it made more sense to go primarily after the aforementioned high-value targets. But today when computing horsepower is cheap and internet access is blazing fast, the bad guys don’t really care if you’re a block away or halfway around the world, nor what kind of computers or how many you have.

Automated software crawls the internet testing every IP address for any kind of response. If an “open” port (one that’s accepting requests from the internet) is found, more automated software can make hundreds, even thousands, of attempts to log into the computer or network device behind that port.

If you don’t believe it’s happening to you and your business, ask an IT consultant to examine your router or server logs for failed login attempts. Unless you’ve already taken specific measures, I guarantee you’ll find that somebody’s knocking on your door.

Evan Standish is sales manager for OnDeck Systems, which has been helping North Island businesses protect their networks and data for over 20 years. To review you IT security measures, contact Evan at 250.334.0638 or evan@ondecksystems.ca.

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