Keep yourself safe amid the rise in cybercrimes

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A recent survey of cybercrimes is showing that attacks are on the rise.

The survey, co-sponsored the Secret Service, business, and university groups, looked at cybercrime trends for American businesses, law enforcement agencies, and government agencies. What it found was that three out of four businesses had some kind of security breach of their computer system in the last year.

In response to the survey findings, the head of the U.S. Secret Service Criminal Investigation Division said that businesses and the government need to protect themselves beyond antivirus software.

22News asked technology specialists at Northeast IT Systems how you can do that.

“Our clients have been receiving calls from people posing as their technical support people, so business owners should be very cautious about who they are talking to on the phone.   Make sure it is someone from your technical support company,” Northeast IT President Joel Mollison said.

Northeast IT systems also warns business owners to not open any emails or attachments in an email if you’re unsure who the sender is. Mollison added that some hackers are posing as FedEx or UPS by sending you an email about a package you may be expecting. What you should do in that situation is go to the mail provider’s website directly to track any shipments.

The experts also warn that the viruses that hackers use have become more aggressive, so businesses owners should also be diligent about backing up all their important files.

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