Beauty Store Business magazine - January, 2020

Don't Get Punked!

Beauty businesses too must safeguard their computers from the hacker underground.

Beauty retailers that are uneasy about the increasing frequency of unsolved hacker cases can take heart: With a bit of planning, it is possible to significantly reduce vulnerability to a computer break-in via the Internet.

So far, it’s been computer breaches at giant corporations, such as VISA, MasterCard and PayPal—perpetrated by a shadowy group of hackers known as “Anonymous”—that have grabbed most of the headlines.
“Anonymous is heroic to many people who are sick of government lies and weary of government intrusion—unwarranted and warrant-less—into the lives of U.S. citizens,” says Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., president of Sensei Enterprises, a computer-security consulting firm.
“They have become very [similar to] The Terminator movies—the Resistance fighting Skynet,” she says. “Many are script kiddies or amateur hackers. But there is a core group of hackers who have extraordinary skills. They present one of the greatest security threats of recent years. And we have not, so far, done a lot to counter their intrusions.”

But while Anonymous’ exploits have been reserved for big game and even bigger headlines, Web security experts say virtually every computer user is seriously at risk of being hacked by someone these days; especially businesses and users who are cruising the Web with little or no protection.

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