In the light of recent hacks taking place at large corporations, it is fairly obvious that criminals consider cybercrime a very real way to make money and cause untold chaos, depending on their objectives. While many of these large businesses have security budgets that probably dwarf the entire worth of smaller companies, it is not to say that you can’t safeguard your own concerns in a way that makes hacking more difficult for the perpetrators. Here, we will look at the 5 most common ways that businesses get hacked. Pay a little heed and you could save yourself a heap of money and trouble somewhere down the road:

1- Phishing

This has to be the most popular and common method that modern hackers employ when attempting to infiltrate a business’ infrastructure. Emails, instant messages and even voicemails can be tweaked to include an attachment that is customized in a way that encourages the unwitting recipient to click on it unsuspectingly. Once this happens, some part of the computer software that is considered vulnerable will become exploited by the malicious program. This can be set up to eventually allow a direct line of communication between the hacker and the target system, leaving a mass of private information available to them.

2- Drive-By Web Download

A drive-by web download is where hackers examine the public website of the business in order to identify potential weaknesses and a means of entry to the infrastructure. Once this has been carried out, they will then implant a piece of code on that website, by phishing or another method, to infect any user that connects to the site thereafter. This has been effectively carried out on government websites in the past and is regarded as one of the most popular ways to cause large-scale chaos.

3- USB Key Malware

We are all familiar with USB drives. Many of us carry them around on a daily basis and value them as a useful tool for data storage. They are, in fact, incredibly useful peripherals that can hold all types of data forms. This is exactly why hackers often use these devices of choice to attempt to infiltrate a business’s computer system. Simply include a few infected USB keys at a busy press conference or presentation and before you know it, the malware has been picked up, plugged in, and is being installed unbeknownst to the business or the otherwise innocent attendee.

4- Network Scanning

Despite the belief that modern day servers are secure enough to keep viruses and hackers at bay, it is simply not the case. By scanning servers, the criminals can start to search for a vulnerable entry point and thereafter they can send a particular command that crashes the entire server system. That’s just the beginning of the story however, because once the server has been reloaded, the potentially destructive code will start to execute and that is where the ‘fun’ begins.

5- Password Cracking

Although remembering our passwords can be rather annoying in the workplace, they are there for a very good reason. Hackers love to get their hands on them and will go to extreme lengths to do exactly that. Guessing may seem like a long shot but these guys are particularly adept at doing so with some high success margins. They can also trick you into giving up your precious security credentials by sending you a fake link to your applications. Once they have the password, they will usually change it and then start accessing whatever system you have just unwittingly handed to them on a plate.

These are all common methods that hackers are using in 2015. If you want to keep your business computer system nice and safe, use some common sense and speak to the cybersecurity experts at