Local techie: Small businesses more vulnerable to online hackers

A local technology expert is warning small business owners with websites to be aware of online hackers targeting them.

Indianapolis

A local technology expert is warning small business owners with websites to be aware of online hackers targeting them.

"In the United States, web hacking is a $32 billion business," said Alan Wlasuk, managing partner of 403 Web Security.

Wlasuk and his team of techies help small businesses find weaknesses in their websites by using multiple methods to hack in. He said most don't even realize they are vulnerable, and don't know they have been hacked for months.

"It just scares the heck out of them," said Wlasuk.

He added that small businesses are a big target because owners don't believe they are large enough to be vulnerable. Wlasuk said hackers like going after credit card numbers and personal information from small sites, because they are easy to attack and eventually the loot adds up.

"If you've got 50 small sites or 100 small sites, that might be worth one eBay," said Wlasuk.

James Burnes, founder of a small business called PatentStatus, went to Wlasuk for preventative care. His patent tracking software company just launched a website earlier this year.

"Our clients are giving us data that they do not want to have to put in the wrong hands or published in the wrong way," said Burnes.

He budgets for Wlasuk's services now, because the ramifications of a breach of security is something he said small businesses can't afford.

"The cost to deal with a problem is astronomical," said Burnes. "It's not worth the risk."

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