10 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business Owners.

Securing, Empowering Small Business with Technology.

 

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As a small business owner, you are probably one of the most vulnerable fish in the ocean, compared to Fortune 500 companies who can afford some certain luxuries, because of this you may have to wear a dozen hats.

It’s not easy being a content strategist, hiring manager, data entry officer, and customer service representative at the same time! Small businesses face unique challenges, and most times cybersecurity is one of them.

If you are not tech-savvy understanding the risks your business is facing or even how to resolve the risks may be a huge problem…this is why small businesses struggle to stay cyber safe.

Without breaking the bank or becoming a tech-pro overnight, following these easy tips could save you a lot of money!

 

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What is Cybersecurity?

 

Cisco defines cybersecurity as the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. Basically, as a small business owner, you need to protect your company against cyberattacks.

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Small Business? Perfect Target…

 

Cyber criminals see small businesses as an attractive target, do you know why? Because you have the information they can leverage and you lack the security infrastructure of a larger company.

If you are a technical person or interested in becoming one for the sake of your business, reading a cybersecurity guide for small businesses will help with more information on evaluating risks, identifying threats, and knowing what type of cyber vulnerability your business has. If you are not tech-savvy these tips below are all you need!

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10 Best Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business.

 

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If you are in charge of a small business you can’t just assume that a cyberattack won’t happen to you. You may think that your website, email, or social media page does not have valuable information for potential attackers but that’s far from the truth.

Since you own a business, your clients, prospects, businesses, and individuals who engage with your products, or services online may be the cybercriminal’s target, not you directly…this is why you need to protect your audience by all means possible!

Your passwords, usernames, and any other sensitive information can be found on any online platform you engage your audience on.

Well, what if your website doesn’t save your client’s sensitive data? That’s good! But, whatever is stored can still be used against your client, and create an opening that allows the cyber attacker to spread malicious software or malware.

The truth is, no business is immune to cyber risk, it doesn’t matter the industry or size of the company.

This is why proper planning, strategy, and selecting a good partner is the best way to protect your business data and prevent cyberattacks.

 

Here are key tips to help you start protecting your small business;

 

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1. Install and regularly update your anti-virus and anti-malware software on all your devices.

2. Make Use of a Firewall: a firewall is a tool that helps prevent malware and DDoS attacks. You need a firewall because it acts as a barrier between your internal network, and incoming traffic from external sources to block malicious traffic such as viruses and cybercriminals.

3. Use a VPN: If you need to access your website, system or online platform over public Wi-Fi or insecure network try using a VPN (a virtual private network).

 

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4. Install an SSL Certificate for Your Website:  An SSL certificate creates a secure digital channel on your website to prevent cybercriminals from seeing the passwords, credit card details, and other valuable data of your customers. The padlock icon on any website’s URL means it has an SSL certificate, just like my website! 😉

5. Password Security: Make sure you use a different password for any website, social media platform, or any online service you engage with, and try a reputable password manager. Use letters, numbers, and symbols that are not similar.

6. Always Update Your Software and Systems: Updating software is a great idea because updates often have security enhancements based on recent attack attempts. And, there are automated attacks that can easily spot software that is yet to be updated. Also, try backing up your key system and data regularly.

7. If you are using a Wi-Fi network always ensure it’s encrypted and hidden. Also, change the password from time to time.

 

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8. Create User Account for Your Employees: Create user accounts for your employees to keep your company’s personal data safe, also encourage your employees to use strong passwords. The best way to ensure your staffs understand how important it is to keep the company’s data safe is to introduce them to risk assessment.

 

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9. Monitor Physical Access to Company’s Computer: You should prevent access or use of the company’s computer or any device that contains delicate information by unauthorized persons. For this to successfully happen, you need to help your employees know why security awareness is important, a security awareness training can help them understand how to keep both company’s and their personal data safe!

10. Scanning Website for Malware: Online marketing comes with a lot of risks, but with proper documentation and monitoring you can keep your site safe from online hackers.

These hackers create software known as malware and use them to destroy your system, website, or files. This is why you should scan your website regularly. The effect of scanning a website is;

  • Your website will be secure from any malfunctioning such as website crashes, and data loss.
  • Your data will be completely protected from any kind of threat.

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Better Safe, than Sorry.

 

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Might seem like a lot at first but taking time to make sure your website, social media platforms, or any online service you make use of follows these simple security measures can be one of the best decisions you will ever make for your online business!

Increase customer-business trust, by showing your customer you care about their safety.

And, you get to sleep well at night! Phew!

 

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