LOUISVILLE, KY (Nov. 16, 2021) – The holiday online buying season will start in earnest on November 29 – Cyber Monday. Since the pandemic online shopping has soared. According to Adobe Analytics, Cyber Monday 2020 was the biggest online shopping day in history, with customers spending $10.8 billion. Experts predict that Cyber Monday 2021 will be the biggest day for online shopping in all of 2021, making e-commerce sites crucial for businesses to reach shoppers during the busy holiday season.
Having a safe shopping experience is top of mind with consumers and businesses alike. As shoppers take to the internet cybercriminals are trolling for valuable data. Consumers need to be more vigilant than ever in protecting their personal information.
According to cyber security expert Jeff Chandler, Founder and CEO, Z-JAK Technologies, one easy way for consumers to protect themselves is by changing their passwords.
“When cybercriminals are trying to break into a system, the first thing they will try are thousands of obvious passwords. They use advanced automated software to do this. It only takes one weak password, and your entire system is wide open to any hacker,” said Chandler.
Tech firm SplashData examined millions of passwords leaked by hackers and the most common passwords of 2021 were:
“It won’t take long for a cybercriminal to crack one of these simple passwords and gain access to your computer and all your personal information,” said Chandler. “Simply changing your password to something more complex and changing it regularly can stave off a cybercriminal’s ability to get to your information.”
Small businesses who’ve thrived during the e-commerce boom are especially vulnerable to data breaches and ransomware attacks if they don’t have proper security measures in place, said Chandler.
“We recommend local businesses put in place a series of security measures, especially the use of a password manager for all staff. This will generate long random passwords and remember them for the user and make it harder for cybercriminals to gain access to your system,” said Chandler.
In addition, having a good firewall, securing your network, protecting your WiFi network, and having a dependable backup in case your data is breached will also help keep you safe, said Chandler.
With more than 30 years of experience in the technology field, Z-JAK Technologies helps small businesses maximize the benefits of technology without worry. Z-JAK handles all aspects of your IT infrastructure including hardware and software management, desktop support, help desk, vendor relationships, website management, maintenance renewals, and any other related technology needs. A flat monthly fee means no extra charges or hidden fees. Z-JAK offers a Virtual Chief Technology Service for companies without full-time IT support and a comprehensive cybersecurity training and consulting program to help businesses keep their data safe from hackers. Z-JAK Technologies is a true IT partner supplying needed support today and growing with the company into the future. For more information visit https://zjak.net/