The Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website aimed at helping small business owners, including private orthodontic practices, avoid scams and protect their computer and networks from cyberattacks and other threats.
The new website comes in the wake of the global ransomware attack, WannaCry, which infected computers in over 150 countries, including the United States. Ransomware is malware that installs covertly on a victim’s device.
The website, ftc.gov/smallbusiness, provides articles, videos, and other information on cyberattacks, which can have devastating effects on small businesses. These businesses often lack the resources of larger companies to devote to cybersecurity.
The FTC’s new website includes a new Small Business Computer Security Basics guide, which shares tips to help companies protect their files and devices, train employees to think twice before sharing the business’s account information, and keep their wireless network protected. In addition, it also provides guidance on how to respond to a data breach. The website also offers information on other cyberthreats such as ransomware and phishing schemes targeting small businesses.