Thursday, March 2, 2017

Online Security – Covering All the Bases for Small Businesses

As a small business, you probably have so much on your mind that you cannot even think about online safety right now, and for good reason. The odds of success are firmly against you, so you need every ounce of energy to grow and make a profit.

However, what you might not realise is that online safety attributes to that success. With the right safety strategy, you can incorporate a solid and safe foundation for your business to expand. Without it, you could end up on the scrapheap with the rest of the failed small businesses. Here’s how to cover your business with regards to online safety.

Who and What?

Make sure you know who and what makes you vulnerable from a business standpoint. A little tip – your employees are the who. Employees are very blasé about safety and often leave you open to attack. For example, they might create an email account on the server. No big deal, right? It’s no big deal as long as said email account is secure. Hackers can attack the weak points – the what – and gain access to your whole server.

Strong Passwords

As a result, you should implement a strong password policy. A lot of small businesses tell their employees that they have to make a strong password so as to limit the damage. Some even create the passwords for them and hand them out on pieces of paper to ensure the passwords hit the brief.

Secure Every Part of Your Server

Another lesson to learn from the who and the what is to secure every part of your server, no matter how insignificant it seems. You already know about email accounts and their weakness, but what about the other areas? One area that needs addressing is your Wi-Fi router. Wi-Fi routers are notoriously weak because they are often left unattended. Some small businesses don’t even encrypt them, which is the biggest mistake you could make. Again, they are another portal to your entire server, so they need treating with respect.

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