| Internet Security is Key: Keeping Your Business Safe Online

Posted in Small Business at 9:00 AM by Loftis Consulting

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More and more businesses are become reliant on the power of the internet. Some businesses may do all their communications and transactions via the web. Thieves now know that targeting a business is no longer a case of physically burgling the premises – the best way to infiltrate is to go online. Every year is seeing more small businesses affected by hackers and ransomware. Keeping your business secure online is key – and it requires more than simple anti-virus security. Here are some other ways to safeguard against the dangers of the web.

 

Use Secure Passwords

Online passwords are the easiest and most targeted weakness in any business. You can have all the security in the world, but if the password to access your emails or accounts or database is weak, all this extra security may as well be decorations. Series of numbers and letters – upper and lower case – are still the most secure passwords. If you can make you password gobbledegook rather than actual words or dates, it can further increase its strength. And you go even further by regularly changing them.

 

Encrypt Files

If a cybercriminal finds their way onto your computer, make it harder for them to access individual important documents by encrypting them. Most modern computers have an automatic encryption ability – if yours doesn’t or want to be extra secure, you can download extra encryption tools online.

 

Use a Cloud Network

Instead of storing all your files on your computer on a local network that can be physically stolen or hacked, why not store all your business’s files remotely on the cloud. Many cloud services are now offering added security protection and disaster recovery on top of storage. This is becoming a particularly sought after defense against ransomware, whereby a hacker will take control of your computer, encrypt all your files and only offer to decrypt them if you pay a ransom. By storing backup files on the cloud, such hackers will have hold over nothing. There are many companies that can offer this network support.

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Scan Emails

Businesses can often receive dodgy spam emails containing links to virus-filled websites. To prevent you or your colleagues accidentally opening these emails, an email scanning tool may be beneficial. Such tools can scan the contents without you having to physically open them, protecting your computer against potential threats.

 

Keep Physical Backups of Important Documents

Most of us have ditched filing cabinets and are storing everything digitally. While this is undoubtedly more organized, more environmentally friendly and safer against burglars, it’s never safe to keep all your eggs in one basket. Even if a hacker doesn’t get hold of an important file, an accidental delete may be all it takes to lose all this information. Having physical backups of such information could be a nice safety blanket if anything else. Of course, you should make sure that these files are properly secured – the most foolproof being a safe mounted to a wall or fixed to the floor.

 

These are just a few tips to improve your internet security.

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