Home Business Owners: You are under attack!

The CyberSafr Home Business Guide

The CyberSafr Home Business Guide

Book launch: CyberSafr Home Business Guide

In 2018 the home business owner – of which there are 5 million in the UK, and 50 million in the worldwide developed economies – will fast becoming the new target of cybercriminals.

  • Last year, studies in the US noted that 7 out of 10 Android smart phones are insecure. Many of those are owned by home business people, providing services to larger companies and organisations and therefore, offering a window through which cybercriminals can attack larger organisations.
  • A hack or cyberattack can be catastrophic for the home business owners too. Not only do SME businesses report substantial financial loss – typically around £10,000, but further studies show that 70% of customers leave following a cyber incident.
  • And over half of UK small business reported that they experienced a cyberattack or data hack in the past 12 months.

Those three reasons explain why it is common for small businesses to fold after a cyber breach.

So what can the Home Business owner do? The sensible advice of update your system software, maintain strong passwords and take control of your router and devices is the right advice. But how do you implement these recommendations? What do you do if you have teenagers in the house who share your internet connection and like to spend their days and nights gaming? Or watching movies they have downloaded? Or boldly exploring parts of the internet that you never knew existed?

Of course, you know that you should be cautious before clicking a link – but do your children know?

Who else uses your home business network? You partner, your work colleagues, friends and family?

And then of course there is the internet connected washing machine, bluetooth speakers, children’s dolls, smart watches, media players, tablets, smart hoovers, smart security cameras and digital locks. Are these secure? Are they safe when used together on the same home network?

In many cases the answer is no – and with the ten-fold expansion on digitally connected devices (also known as the Internet of Things) your home is becoming more and more vulnerable.

Did you know for instance, that there are hundreds of thousands of hacked webcams around the world that internet users can search, find and watch?

And how many digitally connected devices did you connect to your network this Christmas – possibly without a thought to the security implications for your home business?

That’s why my latest book is the CyberSafr Home Business Guide – how to Protect your Home Business for Cyberattacks and Data Hacks and you can purchase it from

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