Every company is a target for cybercrimes and data breaches. You must take precautions to protect your small business before there is a problem. Here are a few things you can do to improve your security and prevent data breaches.
One of the highest priority things to do is protect your computer networks. Make sure that all laptops, cell phones and tablets used for business have strong passwords. It’s also necessary to password protect your wi-fi network and install monitoring software that alerts if there is unauthorized access to your account. Using encrypted softphones instead of cell phones further protects your company’s information because they keep company information from ending up on employee cell phones.
Install Virus Software
Many security attacks are allowed to occur because of malware or viruses accidentally uploaded to a computer. Educate employees about email scams and social media vulnerabilities. Protect all the computers on your network by installing software that identifies and isolates different types of viruses and malware. Be sure to update these often as hackers are continuously developing new threats. Additionally, encrypt all of your financial and sensitive documents, and back them up on an external hard drive in case the inevitable happens.
Destroy Sensitive Information
Shred all documents that have identifying or financial information. Data such as social security, phone and credit card numbers are vulnerable to theft. Make it a habit to shred all documents that you don’t need at the end of the business day. If you have a large amount of paper to shred, hire a company to come and do it for you. All documents that you need to keep should be stored away in a locked file cabinet or storeroom.
As a small business, you don’t have to be vulnerable to data attacks. Follow these suggestions to strengthen your cybersecurity and ensure all information stays safe.