In what is undoubtedly a true, but overstated observation, cybersecurity firm Symantec says that by the time a startup is five months old, it has already been targeted by hundreds of spam messages and malware. Once a new business sets up a website and its first emails and instant messages are exchanged, cyberattacks are triggered almost immediately. The frequency of cyberattacks rapidly increases after a startup's launch.
As employees inadvertently click on malicious content in emails, malware will start spreading to other accounts throughout the company. Within 10 months, most startups will have been infected with malware.
While the situation is undoubtedly not as dire at this report makes it out to be, the importance of virus software, long passwords and other security methods cannot be over emphasized.
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