It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago, the idea of a cyber attack was nothing more than a figment of our imagination. Fast-forward 10 years later and we’re living in an age where it seems like there is some type of security breach happening every day. You might be wondering what you can do to keep your business safe from hackers, viruses and malware threats.
10 years ago, the idea of a cyber attack was nothing more than a figment of our imagination. Fast-forward 10 years later and we’re living in an age where it seems like there is some type of security breach happening every day. You might be wondering what you can do to keep your business safe from hackers, viruses and malware threats.
Here are 10 new tips for securing your business:
- Don’t store sensitive data on devices that aren’t secure
- Never share or transfer passwords via email
- Use two-step verification for critical accounts like Gmail and Facebook (e.g., a one-time code sent as a text message)
- Use a strong, unique password for all your important accounts
- Be proactive and prepared
- Look at the small details, so you can stay on top of threats as they arise
- Store records of active passwords in an encrypted database or spreadsheet
- Use a secure password for all your accounts
- Don’t click on links in emails that seem suspicious or ask you to enter sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers and social security numbers. Install anti-virus software for all your devices.
A good example of this is Avast Antivirus which has an antivirus engine and a personal firewall built into the same app. The app also blocks malware from ever reaching our device by scanning files before they are downloaded onto our PC via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Install Security Software on Your Devices (And Be Vigilant)
If there is one thing that every company needs, it’s a good security software program especially if the company has employees who are road warriors or remote workers. Remote working also puts these devices at risk due to their connection with unknown networks, which makes installing any anti-virus protection all the more urgent. Unfortunately, many companies don’t install such programs because they think they can do without them until something happens but this attitude is actually part of what causes those problems in the first place. If you install security software on your devices and then be vigilant about implementing the updates, you greatly increase your chances of preventing a cyber-attack.
Why does a business need more security?
If you are a new business owner or an established one who has been around for 10 years or more, then the answer is “you.” It doesn’t matter how big your company is, as it only takes one person to put your whole network at risk of disaster if they have malicious intent.
- Create numbered list items in order within each task and number them using Arabic numerals starting with zero followed by decimal points every three digits thereafter without repeating any numbers consecutively. The first set should be 0 through 10; the second set should start from 10 and go to 20.
- Security awareness training is critical in protecting your business from outside threats.
- Regularly update all software on your computers, including operating systems and antivirus programs; make sure you are running the latest version of Adobe Reader (or a PDF viewer); move away from Microsoft Office 2007 as it has been reported that this has security vulnerabilities which can allow hackers access to sensitive information or even take over control of the computer remotely if they have malware installed on their own device first.
- Make sure employees know what an email attachment looks like, never open any attachments unless convinced it’s safe by someone you trust.
- Install a firewall to make sure that unauthorized people cannot access your network from the Internet, and have other devices on this type of protection as well; never allow an unknown wireless device to connect with one of these features enabled.
- Don’t forget about physical security when you’re not there, lock up all sensitive documents in fireproof safes or encase them in hard plastic which is difficult to cut through; be mindful of who has keys to enter the building during operating hours.
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