5 Important Cybersecurity Tips for Your Online Businesses
No matter the scale of your business, you should never assume that you cannot be the subject of a hack.
This is a common misconception from small and medium scale business owners. After all, the hackers can have a field day with the top companies, right? Wrong!
Be it for the money or data that you are sitting on, there are a lot of motivations to hack you too. So that this does not happen, here are some things you should make sure to have in place.
Best Cybersecurity Tips
1. Good Password Habits
Passwords are essential for gaining access to your online accounts and vaults. With that level of importance, though, it is surprising to see that they are not treated as severe.
First off, set strong and secure passwords. It is recommended to use password generators for this so that you can get something almost impossible to hack.
Furthermore, you will need a password manager to save all those secure passwords since you won’t be able to remember them all. That said, you should already know that one password should only be used for one account.
Likewise, don’t forget to turn on two-factor authentication where possible.
Still, on passwords, make sure you do not share your secure logins with anyone.
2. Install Security Software
Depending on your operating system, you will be able to install antivirus software and general anti-malware programs too.
These will help you perform a deep scan of your systems to see if there are no resident malware in there. They will also serve as a line of defence against any virus or malware trying to make its way onto your system.
Likewise, a VPN download could be the difference between getting your internet connection hijacked, having someone record all of your internet data, or not. A VPN will also enable your business to reach tools that might not be available in your region while encrypting your internet traffic at the same time.
If you use a public Wi-Fi network for your business, you MUST have a VPN too. That is the simplest way to stay encrypted lest you fall victim to Wi-Fi-related attacks.
3. Update Firmware and Programs
Update notifications are not there to beautify your display screen. They are functional to let you know that some changes have been made to your operating system/ or an application on your device.
When an update comes along, it is sometimes to change the looks and appeal of the application in question. Most times, though, they have also been sent to fix some bugs, patch specific vulnerabilities and plug some exploits in the system.
Not getting these updates installed will keep you at the mercy of hackers who know what to look out for.
This is just as important as any other point on this list.
We recommend that every online business have two backups of their business files and data. There should be an offline backup system and an online one to match. This will ensure if all your online models fail, you would still have an offline backup to fall back on – and vice versa.
Likewise, a backup reduces your liability in the face of hacks. You can easily choose to wipe your systems when a virus is trying to crawl through all the network. You can do the same when ransomware attacks are in play too.
After all, you can quickly get back on track with your backup files.
5. Secure Communications
Do not communicate with clients/ customers/ suppliers/ every other contact on unsecured networks. Fortunately, the standard options like email and other IM messengers (Telegram, WhatsApp, Viber) have more than basic encryption protocols in place.
That said, you should still be wary of clicking on links in emails, downloading unsolicited attachments in messages, etc.