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Cyber criminals looking for targets during holiday season

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The holiday season is prime time for cyber criminals to be on the lookout for easy victims.

The targets include small businesses.

According to IT Specialist Robin Cole, businesses must become serious about creating layers of defense to protect themselves from the very active cyber criminals.

Cole says any layer of protection is better than nothing.

"Something as opposed to nothing is the number one thing," Cole said. "Businesses have to stop playing checkers when the cyber criminals are playing chess."

Cole says the steps to protect small businesses can be inexpensive and easy.

Some easy tips include:

  • Making passwords safe and strong. You can also change them regularly for even better protection.
  • Back it up. Store a back up of all your businesses data in a off store location.
  • Have a policy in place to keep employees from clicking on an invite from a cyber criminal, like a malicious ad or email.

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