Experts share steps small business owners and consumers can take amid growing concerns about cyberattacks

Concerns about cyberattacks on small businesses are growing amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

DAYTON, Ohio – When Charlynda Scales’ grandfather passed away, she was the only one in the family to inherit his beloved sauce recipe.

“He was a Korean Vietnam War veteran, and his call sign was ‘mutt’ for his adaptive personality and he made this sauce in 1956,” Scales said. “My family ate it for generations.”

She now shares her sauce with the world through her Dayton-based company.

Scales is not only a business owner, but she’s also a veteran. And she is worried about what is happening in Ukraine and the threats of Russian cyberattacks.

“You really have to increase the level of security in your own way, in a way that you can afford,” she said.

Nick Ripplinger is also a Dayton-based business owner and veteran.

“This threat is not new,” said Ripplinger, president of Battle Sight Technologies. “I think it just got a lot higher over the last two weeks.”

“We’re just a few router hops away from the bad guys,” said C. Matthew Curtin of Columbus-based Interhack.

Whether you’re a small business owner or a consumer, experts say it’s important to use multi-factor authentication or two-factor authentication.

“[There are] better methods now with different apps that give you this code that spins every 30 seconds to google login, microsoft login for anything else you might use. But these can also be used to secure your network in a small business,” said Rick Jordan, Founder and CEO of ReachOut Technology.

Also, reduce your online footprint.

“That means the fewer apps you use the better, the fewer sites you use the better, the fewer accounts the better. If you have to have some sort of account, you don’t There’s no reason why you can’t use one alias for a particular vendor and a different alias for another vendor,” Curtin said.

And they say when you’re the customer, you’re the boss. You don’t have to give out your sensitive information.

For example, if a cell phone provider asks for your social security number to sell you a phone, say no.

Some business owners may be eligible for free screenings to verify your cyberattack risk through the Department of Homeland Security.

There are also free state-level cybersecurity training resources.

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