The internet helps businesses to run more effectively, allow working from home, connect with a global audience and much more. It has truly revolutionized the way that people work. However, it can also be a source of significant danger for many organizations. These guidelines will help you to protect your business online.
1) Implement Good Passwords
In many cases, the greatest vulnerability for a business’s digital resources isn’t the resources themselves; it is the people. Humans are fallible and often make bad decisions about security. One such bad decision is using an easily stolen password. Worse yet, many people use that same password for multiple systems.
Using password best practices is a major first step toward protecting your business. Don’t forget to change the default passwords in smart devices, routers and other networked items. These can be vulnerable access points.
2) Get Private With Your Data
Your business likely has some data that is very sensitive. This may include customer contact information, payment details or marketing plans. If someone were to access this data, it could damage your business. Learning to protect that information is a must-do for any business.
With a few data privacy tips, you could be helping to keep your business safe from hackers. Tools such as virtual private networks and secure wi-fi can help. Additionally, good practices such as avoiding eavesdropping and common scams are beneficial too.
3) Place a Premium on Training
Again, humans tend to be the weakest point in any business’s security. Train your people on how to protect themselves and the business from online threats. This serves two purposes. First, it will ensure that they are being smart when using the internet. Second, it will also encourage them to be more mindful of what they are doing.
Common mistakes such as opening scam emails, logging into phishing sites and connecting over insecure, public networks can all be easily avoided. The key is to make sure your people understand how dangerous these actions can be.
4) Back Up Often
Ransomware is a common way for hackers to extort businesses today. Getting in the practice of backing up data regularly is a great way to combat ransomware and other digital threats. It will also help you in the event of an unforeseen loss of data such as due to a glitch, bad update or natural disaster.
Of course, you want to be careful about your data backup policy. Only do backups officially onto secured systems. Additionally, spread out your backups so they aren’t all vulnerable to the same threats.
5) Update Software
Software developers are always improving their software to make it less vulnerable to attack. Updating your software regularly can help to keep it up to date with the latest security techniques. One of the simplest ways for hackers to attack systems is to simply look for older devices with well-known vulnerabilities.
Getting in the habit of updating all devices frequently can greatly improve your digital security. Additionally, it will help to streamline your IT operations because all computers and other devices will be on the same version of their operating systems.
6) Encrypt Devices
Many devices can have their storage encrypted and password protected. This is very important, especially if your team has any devices that they take with them. For example, if people use laptops for their work, the hard drives should be encrypted. If they connected to your business network with mobile devices, those should also be encrypted.
Without encryption, a lost device or one left on a table in a café could be a serious vulnerability. While encryption and password protection aren’t perfect, they can significantly increase the robustness of your device security.
Don’t wait to start taking your business security seriously. The above guidelines will help you to get started. For even more help, seek some expert help. A small investment now could save your business significant money (or even the business itself) down the road.