Any computer may fall victim to a cyber attack, but small businesses are even more at risk because they hold confidential data and access to lots of money and data. In recent years, the number of cyber crimes on businesses has increased, so now is the time to arm your business against the possibility of a cyber attack. How can you defend yourself? Keep reading.
1. Install Anti-Virus Software
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s very important to install a trustworthy anti-virus software for all the computers in your business. These types of software can generally detect most perpetrators and will notify the business owner if and when such a security breach occurs. However, skilled cyber criminals can find loopholes around even the most advanced anti-virus software, so don’t stop here.
2. Keep Computers Updated
Outdated computers and older systems tend to be more prone to cyber attacks. Make sure to keep all apps on your computer up-to-date as well. This includes anti-virus software, Web browsers, programs, plug-ins, add-ons, and operating system.
3. Secure the Wi-fi
Periodically change the password of the company’s wi-fi connection, and change the name once in a while too. A good trick is to name the wi-fi network something that isn’t the company’s name.
4. Purge Data
Don’t keep sensitive information on your computer if it is no longer need. Properly dispose of confidential data or information once it isn’t required anymore. For example, the social security numbers and addresses of former employees may no longer be necessary if a few years have passed since they left the company.
5. Monitor Frequently
Keep a careful eye on all company devices. This includes computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets, printers, and scanners, and anything else you can think of that holds sensitive company information. Monitor for suspicious activity, to protect your business from cyber attacks.
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