Nobody is too small for hackers. Any organization that uses the Internet for any reason is a potential target for a hacker or virus. Here are a few basic steps to protect yourself and your investments. While no system is totally immune to a cyber attack, you can make it as difficult as possible. Don’t be an easy target.
Change your passwords
This is an easy one: be vigilant about passwords. Change the default password and account name after new systems are installed. Change passwords regularly, and don’t leave sticky notes around your computer with all your passwords on them.
Keep sensitive information like financial history or medical information protected with encryption software. Many credit card companies require businesses that have online transactions to take specific steps toward security to protect their card users. If you’ve done this, your online business transactions are likely secured. If this is too expensive for your small business, consider outsourcing payment processing to a company such as PayPal.
Update operating systems
New patches and software security upgrades are constantly developed by manufacturers. Hackers look for systems without the most up-to-date security safeguards. Sign up for automatic updates, check out anti-virus/spyware programs with automatic updates, and check them often.
The only people who should handle sensitive information are the people who actively use it for your company. Though threats of security breaches have been minimal, it’s important to know who’s looking at what.
Nothing is foolproof, but with a few simple steps you might convince a would-be hacker to look elsewhere.
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