Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Your Online Business

Many small business owners that have a business based online, can never just presume that an attack won’t happen. Data from the past couple of years has shown that just under half of small businesses that are based online did experience a cyber attack or security breach of some sort, within the time frame of a year. So it is clear that no businesses are going to be immune to this, from the tiniest business generating a small income, to a larger small business generating a generous income. 

The key point to note is that all businesses can eliminate some of the risks by taking a few particular steps to keep themselves safe online, and keep their data, and customer information safe and secure too. Here are some of the things that small businesses should be doing: 

 

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  • It is important to make sure that you, and all colleagues, make regular backups of their work, to keep data and systems secure. This can be work that you’re doing, as well as backing up your website too. Then if something did happen, you can revert back to the last backup that you made.

 

  • Using a VPN (virtual private network) is a good idea if you are going to be working and using a public connection, such as colleagues that work remotely and may work from a cafe’s internet, or a hotel internet. It could also be worth looking at using a cheap VPS (virtual private server) in order to cut costs, but also to improve the security of your business. It is something that you can look into, from an Internet hosting service.

 

  • Passwords, and making sure that they are strong and not easily detected is another element to think about that is really important. Make sure that you and your colleagues change them regularly, on all devices of tech that need them. It is a good idea to activate two factor authentication if it is available, as it gives you an extra level of protection.

 

  • With so much fraud that is done online, sadly we won’t see the back of it for a while. So in order to protect yourself and your business against phishing or any kind of ransomware, it is important to be cautious of clicking on links that get sent in emails from people or websites of which you are unfamiliar.

 

  • Using a firewall is another must, as well as checking that your internet route and your firewall is up to date, and has the latest update installed. Allowing auto-updates for this kind of thing can be a good idea, so human error is taken out of the equation.

 

You can also think about some other cybersecurity measures that are quite common and simple to implement, in order to increase the security, safety, and resilience of your business. Implementing some best practices for cybersecurity for your online business can mean that you can devise a strategy for risk management, security breach detection, as well as planning your incident response should something occur.

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