Protecting your Moving Company’s Identity

Protecting your Moving Company’s Identity

Identity theft is a very commonly reported crime, the victim of the theft’s personal and professional effects can be at a huge risk. People may argue that any Identity theft crime that involves the threat of someone’s credentials – where it is through a blunt force attack, decrypting passwords or social engineering – all are a form of identity theft.

What is meant by the term Identity Theft is the use of someone’s credentials (such as name, social security, date of birth, credit card numbers, etc…) to carry out financial transactions. This can include applying a credit card, buying things, signing up for services or opening a bank account.

Preventative Steps

More than likely, someone you know has some kind of horror story of their identity being taken and have spent years trying to clean up the mess. There are similarities to companies that have never recovered after an identity crisis, or have been trying for years. Some Places may even need to hire someone to help clean up their reputation and repair the damage.

Preventing theft is always the best approach, and almost always the least expensive, but how can I do it?

To prevent identity theft relies on some of the same security steps that protect you from other kinds of attacks. We won’t touch on all of those subjects, but it practically goes with out saying that you fundamentally need a defense strategy to protect your Moving Company’s network and systems.

User education is the iatrical to being proactive towards Identity theft; this is due to the fact that social engineering and phishing are the most used methods that identity thieves use to get your credentials. Protecting yourself from social networking hijackers can be difficult. This makes the user education of prime importance. To some extent, your degree of protection can be adjusted via your privacy settings, but keep in mind that your business presence may be built on social networking to the general public.

In reality, there should only be a maximum of two people in charge of administering the business portion of your website. This is for accountability purposes and your people need to be technically confident about social networking, they need to be able to see dangers and know how to block unwanted third-parties that are offered through web sites.

To protect your own web site with standard security precautions ensure that the operating systems web server has updated firewalls, anti-virus and malware protection. If you suspect that an account of yours is in danger you should notify banks, credit card companies, business account, or whatever your money is tied to.

Though Cloud computing can complicate your security issues, it is suppose to have better resources and more external pressure to help optimize your security. However, sometimes when a moving company moves their data, apps and files to Cloud, they end up having less control or knowledge of the specific security measures that are in place. It’s important to keep frequent communication with your Cloud provider about any concerns that you may have with the security system. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, that’s what they are there for.

It’s important to communicate with your cloud provider about specific concerns to ensure that flaws in their security systems don’t expose information that could lead to theft of your company’s or employees’ identities.

In Summary

Identity theft doesn’t just affect the individual consumer, but affects organizations and the people who work for them. Develop your own security plan to fit your own comfort level, protecting yourself against these cyber threats will diminish the chance of sometimes irreparable damage that can be caused to you, or your Moving Business.