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Some may remember that famous “What? Me Worry?” question from Mad Magazine’s spokesperson Alfred E. Neuman. It still echoes in myths about cybersecurity that can haunt small businesses someday. Those misperceptions include:

Cybersecurity is only for big corporations: Many people believe that cybersecurity only affects large corporations, but small businesses, individuals, and government organizations are also at risk. Cybercriminals often target small businesses because they have less robust security systems in place.

Antivirus software provides complete protection: Antivirus software is a valuable tool for preventing malware infections, but it is not a guarantee against all cyber threats. Additional security measures, such as firewalls, encryption, and strong passwords, are also necessary to ensure comprehensive protection.

Macs and other Apple products are immune to cyber threats: Macs and other Apple products are less susceptible to viruses and malware than Windows computers, but they are not immune. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting Apple products, and users should still take steps to protect their devices and data.

Public Wi-Fi is safe: Public Wi-Fi networks are convenient, but they are also vulnerable to cyber threats. Hackers can intercept data transmitted over public Wi-Fi, steal passwords and sensitive information, or install malware on connected devices.

Passwords are enough for protection: Passwords can provide a basic level of security, but they are not enough on their own. Two-factor authentication, biometrics, and encryption are all more secure methods of protecting sensitive information.

Only downloading from trusted sources is enough: While downloading software and apps only from trusted sources is a good practice, it is not enough to protect against all cyber threats. Cybercriminals can hide malware in seemingly legitimate software, and even trusted sources can be hacked and used to distribute malware.

No matter if you have 1 or 1,000 employees, SpartanTec in Myrtle Beach can help protect your valuable information through our Managed IT Solutions. Email SpartanTec to learn more.