Last week we examined how to how businesses can stay security compliant. This week, we’ll take a look at how small to medium businesses (SMBs) can safeguard their business against hackers and viruses. The first mistake is thinking that only corporations need to take steps to secure their business; SMBs are just as vulnerable to cybercrime as a corporation. Try these security tips today and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a secure business.
Antivirus software is one of our most important security tips. First and foremost, don’t skimp on it. It is definitely worth it to pay for full protection against a whole host of threats. For one thing, even the high-end software will not break your budget. It is your most effective way of fending off hackers and viruses. And don’t forget to update the software whenever you receive an alert to do so.
Perhaps the other most important of our security tips is password management. We recommend that you select a combination of upper-case and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. Yes, that can get overcomplicated, but that is the point; the more complicated your password, the harder it will be for a hacker to gain access to your system.
This goes hand in hand with password management. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your system. If your password does get hacked, two-factor authentication should protect you. Two-factor authentication is when you have to either respond to a text message as well as entering your password (or entering a code from a security dongle).
Back up your data
Another one of our security tips is to back up your data. One of the most efficient ways of accomplishing this is via a cloud service. Cloud services are even free if you use limited amounts of data. One of the best things about them too, is that they require a password. You can share files with co-workers without worrying that they might fall into the wrong hands.
Educate your employees
Of course, even with all of these security tips, it only works if your employees follow it. All of your employees need to know how to secure their devices. If your staff isn’t conscious of security, then even sophisticated systems won’t work. It’s a good idea to hold monthly meetings dedicated to security.