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Cyber Criminals Target Small Business

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Not only do many small businesses have to worry about thieves breaking into their stores, but also breaking into their hard drives.

The Biggest Little Group is one of Reno's many thriving small businesses.

"We do marketing PR and web work."

Managed in part by Natasha Bourlin who believes it's critical to protect the billing and proprietary information she gets from her clients.

"We really care about our clients' security and if we were jeopardizing that that would be devastating to our business and to them."

Unfortunately according to Reno-based Cyber Security Group 30%-40% of small to medium sized companies nationwide were hacked last year.

And 75% of those go under, they can't survive such a blow to business.

"Locally it can be a marketing company a retailer and a law office the criminals are everywhere and they're global."

Carolyn Schrader has seen countless companies become prey to people who creep into a computer without ever laying hands on it.

"Sometimes they'll use Malware. It will sit 6 months to 2 years so you might have been penetrated but not have had a serious loss."

In Natasha's case the Biggest Little Group has never been hacked but just a week ago her bank told her someone was stealing from her personal credit card, likely gaining information by breaking into a local businesses' computer system.

A $1.50 and there went unnoticed for awhile but eventually it all added up into a cyber nightmare.

"All of a sudden my bank had to stop my credit card. That's really traumatizing in a way you don't realize how much access people have to your information."

"Aside from shopping at a business, a lot of us do our shopping on our cell phones. You may have crucial bank info here. That's why it's important to set a password and get the 'Find Your iPhone app.'"

"That way you can clear all your information if your phone has been stolen."

According to Cyber Security Group, up to 50% of street crimes in most cities involves stolen cell phones and thieves can make money off the account numbers and passwords stored inside. So as we swipe and type in the name of convenience, we become more vulnerable.

According to the FBI, Nevada ranks third in the nation when it comes to cyber crime complaints.

The app is free on the iTunes store - and there's also a version available for Android as well.

Written by Neda Iranpour

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