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Free tools to help safeguard your private information

45116784_MDo you feel like you’re behind the curve on preventing hackers from gaining access to your private information? Here are some free tools that can help you learn more about possible threats to you and your business and help prevent becoming a victim of a cyber attack:

Avast Free Antivirus: This free antivirus software is highly rated by PC Magazine. (Avast also offers an inexpensive antivirus program for small businesses.) Here are some other highly-rated free antivirus products.

Two-step e-mail verification. Security experts recommend that everyone should consider two-step verification when logging into e-mail accounts. With two-step verification, after you type in your ID and password to gain access to your e-mail account, you’ll be sent a secret code via text to your mobile phone. For more information on two-step verification, check with your e-mail provider. Most e-mail providers, including Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo Mail, make it easy to switch over to this more secure method of accessing your account.

CyberSecure My Business. This national initiative is designed to help business owners prevent their enterprises from being the target of cyber attacks. Get practical information about identifying possible threats, protecting yourself and your business, detecting problems and responding to them.

Small Biz Cyber Planner: Use this tool to create a custom cyber security plan for your company, choosing from a menu of expert advice to address your specific business needs and concerns.

U.S. Small Business Administration cybersecurity resources: The SBA provides information at this link about emerging and growing threats, such as ransomware and cyber vandalism.

Want to learn more? Entrepreneur magazine has even more free resources at this link.

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