Dreams nourish the mind. When you've run dry after a long day's work, they're the wellspring refreshing your thoughts. Your head hits the pillow, and before you fall asleep, you're already dreaming of it. You dream about it all the time.
It's more than a side project. It's what keeps you going every day. And as you put it out there in the online world for all to see, you know you're taking a risk. You might even worry you'll be embarrassed. But still, it's thrilling. It's exhilarating to see your passion come to life.
Unfortunately, the risks go beyond embarrassment. You assume your website isn't worth hacking, but cybercriminals missed that memo. The way they see it, any private information is worth stealing. And your new website, the one you dreamed of building? It's as much a target as any other.
The good news is it works both ways. Just as your passion project is facing a surprising number of online threats, it's surprisingly easy to protect it, with a few simple best practices and one helpful online security solution.
Understand the Risk
Is there something in the water? Maybe the air? It could be the rapid shift away from many traditional business models, but whatever the case happens to be, 30% of entrepreneurs are willing to take on more risks than they were before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Additionally, 44% aren't planning to return to a 9 to 5 job.
That's a lot of enterprising individuals going out on a limb. If you're one of them, you need to recognize that the financial risks of pursuing your passion online are one thing – and the risks posed by cybercriminals are something else entirely.
Just acknowledging the fact that you are at risk is a good first step. A potential threat is hard to see when you think you're not a target.
So, what do you watch out for? Start with phishing. Email attacks are up 667% following the rise of the coronavirus (that number's not a typo). And many of those phishing emails are directly related to the coronavirus.
They might be disguised as Centers for Disease Control (CDC) emails, surveys about remote work habits or, in this election season, a political email.
This is an unusual time, which means emails that once would have been alarming might not stand out as much. Don't let the tidal wave of weird drown your better instincts. Be careful of what you click and remember that you and your online passion are in the crosshairs like any every website.
Additionally, you should be sure to always follow these password best practices:
Change your account passwords often.
Don't use the same passwords in multiple places.
Don't use names, dates, locations or other memorable data that could be easily matched with you by cybercriminals.
Following these tips will help ensure your password actually does its job.
Secure Your Peace of Mind
So, you're locked in and ready for online threats. What's next? Paranoia? Constant vigil? Your calendar overfloweth, and your number of unread emails is higher than the population of many island nations. How are you going to find time to protect your budding dream while also directing its growth?
It's a dilemma you don't have to solve.
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It's also affordable, but don't let the price and the simplicity fool you: this is a robust online security solution, with 24/7 on-call security, device monitoring and threat prevention. It minimizes threats to you and your customers, protects your identity and allows for safe mobile browsing.
You may be waiting for the catch. When we say 'affordable,' that's every bit as accurate as the name. How about $5 a month for an annual term? If peace of mind is priceless, then the cost of a medium latte every month is a pretty good deal.
Your Reputation Matters
Securing your online presence is only part of the equation. Your online reputation means a lot, and mistakes in your online listings and negative reviews can cost you.
Business Directory with Review Management helps you make sure your listings are correct and up to date, draw attention to your website and monitor and manage your reviews all in one place. These tools are the perfect way to make sure that minor issues don't distract from what you want to share with the world.
Defend Your Dreams From Common Cyberthreats
If the Internet were half as good as it should be, you wouldn't have to worry about any of this. But The Jetsons this isn't, and instead of flying cars, we've got dudes in Russia with botnets blasting inboxes and pretending to be family friends trapped in random embassies. Less than ideal.
But that doesn't matter. Your dream is what matters. A tough week can hit you like a hammer and knock you down and there'll you be, in bed, on a Friday night, with that dream lighting up behind your eyes.
At Register.com, we know that online security isn't just about protecting inboxes and payment details from cyberthreats; it's about guarding that special something that keeps you going.
We're here to help you defend your dream because we believe you deserve to share it with the world. Securely.