How to Make Your Small Business More Secure

It’s critical to follow the latest security guidelines to help protect your data, whether you have a dedicated IT team, sell your products online, or simply use a computer for work tasks. Despite the fact that security threats are constantly changing, there are a few solid strategies you can use to help protect information.

Best Practices for Password Security

When it comes to cyberattacks and account takeovers, weak passwords are one of the most common security flaws. Set up network guidelines to require a new password every couple of months to avoid password-related data breaches, or consult an IT professional to help set up password regulations for your work computers. All computer users should, ideally, update all passwords that contain a combination of letters, symbols, and numbers on a regular basis. The following techniques can help you manage passwords more easily and securely:

  • Two-Factor Authorization: This option requires a second step, such as entering a code from a trusted device, to confirm the user’s identity when logging in.
  • Password Manager: An encrypted password manager can be used to store passwords for multiple devices, services, and software programs in a secure manner.

Restriction of Access to Sensitive Information

Whether you have physical or digital assets, try to keep access to them as limited as possible. This could include limiting access to store keys, passwords, or physical materials to only those who need them. Ascertain that any employees who have access to data adhere to all security procedures. Add well-defined procedures to your employee handbook, onboarding materials, and written policy if you don’t have official company-wide security guidelines. For positions with specific responsibilities, you might also want to run a background check.

You Should Update Your Software

Security attacks are more likely to target outdated software. This can include both operating software and individual apps and software products for phones, laptops, and computers. Whether you use software and devices on a daily basis or not, you may want to consider turning on automatic software updates for the software and devices you use.

Use Security Software

Advanced security software can provide you with an extra layer of defense against online threats. Antivirus, anti-malware, VPN, and firewall software are just a few examples, but some options offer more comprehensive security protection in a single package:

  • Bitdefender Total Security: With malware, anti-phishing, and VPN protection, this software takes a multi-layered approach to keep your data safe.
  • McAfee Small Business Security: Another option for all-in-one security software, McAfee Small Business Security protects your company from malware, viruses, and web browsing.
  • Norton Small Business: With this software, business owners have more flexibility in selecting the security coverage they require for individual devices.

Create a data storage policy that is secure

It’s critical to store customer information securely if you collect it. In some cases, you may be required by law to keep data secure for a specific period of time. Check with your local, state, and/or federal trade organization if you’re unsure what data retention requirements you may be legally required to follow. You might also want to ask about data storage policy recommendations for your industry and/or company.

Hard drives in copiers, printers and other office equipment can hold a lot of personal information. Before discarding or recycling old devices, hard drives, or equipment that can store records, make sure that all personal data has been cleared out. To comply with specific laws, you may need to research how to properly erase and/or store data, as well as ensure that any personal information is removed before discarding the equipment.

Educate Your Employees Maintaining a secure and safe environment requires employee cooperation. Outline the rules in accordance with all local regulations and industry requirements if you don’t already have one in place. Ascertain that your employees follow all regulations and best practices. Remind all employees to be on the lookout for common security threats, such as:

  • Email phishing: This tactic entails sending a phoney email that appears to be official correspondence in order to steal information such as passwords, personal information, usernames, account numbers, and other sensitive information. Never open attachments or click on links sent by unknown senders.
  • Identity fraud: Identity fraud is still a possibility for business owners and companies. Keep an eye out for potential attacks, which can come in the form of text messages, phone calls, email phishing, and other means, and keep an eye on your business and personal credit reports for any suspicious activity.
  • Only visit websites that are encrypted and secure: Use only secured and encrypted websites to keep yourself safe while browsing the internet. A secure connection is indicated by a padlock icon next to the URL field in your browser.

Learn more from business and read In 2022, Here Are Some Cybersecurity Tips For Young Startups.

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