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Basic cybersecurity tips for small businesses

Updated: May 12, 2021

Basic cyber security for small business

As with physical threats to your businesslike theft, damages, and calamities, your company also needs to have the right security in place against cyberthreats to protect your data, network, apps, devices, and other important assets.

Cyberthreats can take many forms: from viruses and malware to phishing extortion, identity theft, data loss, hacking, confidentiality breach, and a whole lot more. All these can be very damaging and expensive especially for a small business.

Thankfully, there are simple safety measures that business owners can take to protect their business. All you need is to be informed and make smart choices in keeping your business safe.

1. Install anti-virus software

Each computer has built-in firewalls installed to prevent viruses and malwares from entering your computer. On top of that, it is also advisable to install an anti-virus software. Don’t skimp. Choose established and trusted anti-virus software providers rather than settling for free options that may cost you more in the long run.

2. Keep software up to date

Cyberthreats are constantly evolving and new threats surface every day. This is why software providers regularly release security updates in addition to new functionalities or bug fixes. When updates are available, install them as soon as you can.

3. Stay alert for email fraud

Train your employees to recognize email fraud such as phishing attacks. Phishing is a type of online scam where criminals impersonate legitimate organizations using emails, SMS (and lately, social media messaging) to trick you into sharing sensitive information.

Be suspicious of external links in emails. A good rule is to check the link’s website address and to familiarize your employees and yourself with reliable websites. Check the spelling of the website address if it’s correct. Generally, if the site includes “https://,” then it’s secure, if not or it’s just “http://,” avoid entering sensitive information like credit card data and other personal information.

4. Use strong passwords. Better yet, use multi-factor authentication

User login credentials can be hacked and passwords can be easy to guess or steal.. Remind employees of these simple password practices:

  1. Choose long and complex passwords: Use a mix of numbers, symbols, and capital and lowercase letters;

  2. Avoid using easy-to-guess passwords like “Password” or “1234”;

  3. Do not use birthdays and other related words related to you (e.g., last name, spouse’s name. etc.);

  4. Do not share your passwords;

  5. Change your passwords regularly.

Many applications now employ multi-factor authentication (MFA), where in addition to your password, you are asked to enter a code sent to your mobile or email, or to generate a code using an authenticator app. These extra measures deter cybercriminals from stealing your login credentials and impersonating you on the apps or online services you use. Whenever MFA is an option, use it.

5. Sync important files to the cloud and back up regularly

Data loss can happen any time. Whether from human error, lost or stolen devices, hardware failures or natural disasters, massive data loss can cost you revenues and several hours of lost productivity.

Store business files in secure, reliable cloud storage so that in the event of a disaster, you can rest easy knowing you can easily access and retrieve them.

When it comes to cybersecurity, preventive methods are always better than dealing with the effects of a cyberattack. These tips are fairly simple, but they can go a long way in protecting your business.

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