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Protecting Your Business Against Cybercriminals



By Features Desk



Tuesday, May 30, 2017.



Cyber-crime is on the rise and small businesses are most at risk. Taking a few measures to secure yourself online could help scare off these hackers. Here are just a few ways that you can keep your business protected on the web.

Keep firewalls and anti-virus software updated

Most of us have some form of digital security on our computers, but it’s no use if you’re not keeping it updated. Firewall and anti-virus companies are having to constantly update their software to fight evolving methods from hackers. If your digital security software hasn’t been update in a couple years, it could useless against the latest threats. Some software will automatically update – check that this turned on so that your business is always protected.

Get on the cloud

The cloud backs up all your files on a remote server. This means that if a hacker holds your computer under ransom, you’ll still be able to access all your files from another device. Private cloud providers can offer more security than public services such as Dropbox and Google Docs – shop around and you’ll find the best private cloud providers for your business. Cloud storage can have all manner of other perks including freeing up space on your hardware and allowing you to access files from any device whether you’re in or out of the office.

Regularly change passwords

The password is still the weakest point of entry and most cyber-criminals will target this rather than trying some elaborate hacking method. Regularly changing company passwords is recommended, especially if multiple staff members have access to these passwords. An ex-employee could leak one of these passwords, as is a common strategy, which could lead to sensitive data being stolen. For this reason it’s worth regularly switching up passwords. Make sure that these aren’t obvious – a random scramble of numbers and letters (upper case and lower case) is most effective.


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Stay clear of dodgy emails

A growing number of cyber-criminals are using emails to infiltrate small businesses. Scammers will often pose as the taxman or as an official company and try to convince their victims to give them their bank details. It’s good as a general rule to never give such details via email with someone you haven’t already been in prior communication with. You should also never click on a link in a suspicious email – this could lead to a webpage that then downloads a virus onto your computer. A spam filter can help to sift these dodgy emails out.

Keep some things offline

Keeping everything online and becoming a paperless business can be good for the environment and prevent physical damage to important documents. However, there’s always the risk that there could be an elaborate hack that could wipe out your entire system. Having a few hard copies of important documents could be a good back up if such a situation were to arise. You can keep these locked up in a safe away from view – consider insurance documents, password lists and important contracts as priority items.



Protecting Your Business Against Cybercriminals

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