|Common Real Estate Cyber-Security Attacks
You collect a lot of private information on rental applications or lease agreements, which in the wrong hands can do some serious damage to clients and renters. These documents have social security numbers, full names, dates of birth, credit history, contact information and so much more – which can all be used to for fraudulent things if in the wrong hands.
But it doesn’t stop there. You have a lot of financial transactions in you office, from deposits, to payments and more. Think of all the bad things that could happen if those financial accounts were compromised and just how long it would take to make everything right again. Cyber criminals can really wreak havoc on your business if they got their hands on all this information, which is why you need to be proactive about keeping all this information safe.
Just 48% of cyber hacks on small businesses is because of malicious hackers, leaving about 50% of all security breeches to simple negligence on the part of vendors and employees. To prevent this from happening, you’ll need to train employees and vendors to keep your real estate business safe. And the sad part is about 6 in 10 small business will simply shut down within six months of a cyber attack because they can’t get back on their feet and need to close for good.
Here are a few common security attacks you should be aware of:
This entails receiving an email about an issue with one of your established accounts that makes you sign in to a site. But when you enter your information, you’re actually giving away vital info to hackers.
You’ll receive lots of email scams that make you think you’re getting a great deal on something. If they ask for money or a bank account up front, know that it’s too good to be true! You’ll also see horrible grammar and should never reply back if it’s from a complete stranger.
These hide in your computer after you download something and are unnoticeable once they are in. They are in turn tuned into to programs by hackers that allow them to steal your information and hijack your computer and more.
Viruses can come from anything! From a pop up window to a file that you downloaded, once a virus is downloaded to your computer, it could cause aps to pop up, steal your information and more.
These are software robots that hackers control to spread malware in your network via emails from your computer.