Weak passwords, malware attacks and even email phishing can cost serious damages to your business. Cyber attacks now come in several forms and your business is vulnerable in many ways if you tend to take cyber security with much leniency. In a report in Entrepreneur, many Seattle-based businesses that were hacked had to close down six months after the attack. With a more updated knowledge of how the internet and mobile devices work, you can better protect your business, your employees, and your personal interests from these cyber thieves. Here are some important tips.
1. Rethink Your Password
Is your password the very name of your business, the street where it is located, or your birthday? Chances for hacking your business are very high and likely. Most hackers begin their operations with your password: whether it’s for your business’ Facebook page, your Wi-Fi connection, your company email, or other accounts that require your business log in details. Do not use predictable passwords and vary passwords for different log-in accounts. Think of nonsense, gibberish passwords with around 20 characters and utilize a combination of numbers and special characters.
2. Think before You Click
You and your employees must be properly educated on how email phishing works. In a nutshell, a hacker sends you an official looking email where you are asked to click and type your password. The log-in details are sent to the hackers and from there, they can do mean things like taking your online accounts hostage in exchange for a ransom amount. To avoid phishing, update your browsers, OS and software to the latest versions. Try manually retyping the given link in a separate browser and see where it leads you to. if it looks suspicious, close the browser and never give your password.
3. Encrypt Your Files
Financial data, employee information and other confidential business files must be fully encrypted to prevent hackers from attacking your business. In the event that thieves do get their hands on your computers and servers, they will only be facing gibberish and unintelligible series of characters that would be useless for them. Your computer may have a free and built in encryption feature, but you can also ask of encryption services from computer security specialists.
4. Back Data Up to the Cloud
The old-fashioned way of backing files up is to save copies of them in hard disks and other storage devices which could still be lost or stolen. The Cloud offers a more flexible and secure back-up features that stores your encrypted data. In addition, data saved on the cloud allows you to work on your files from anywhere you are with internet connection. However, never open any document or website that has private information when you are not on your own secured Wi-Fi.
5. Educate Your Employees
Protecting your business is not just your responsibility as its owner, but of your employees as well. Create a fair internet use policy in your workplace that prohibits employees from clicking links in emails and/or using the company log in on suspicious websites. You can also ask your employees to use their smartphones with their own data service provider for personal internet consumption and strictly use computers for business operations only.
Being vigilant against cyber attacks create a more secured environment for your business and your employees. Immediately update all your servers and operating systems to the newest available versions. You may also invest in cyber security services that provide an extra layer of protection, password management and back up services to save you the stress and extra work.