We all know TV shows are fictional, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn something from them. The hit USA show Mr. Robot that made a star out of its lead actor Rami Malek is definitely one of the most thought-provoking shows on the air today, especially for those who are in business. Read on for some things you can learn from Mr. Robot.
- Protect Your Data
As fans of the show already know, the show revolves around a group of “hacktivists” who aim to destroy the entirety of one conglomerate’s data. If there’s one thing you can learn from the show, it’s that protecting your data is crucial for any business. Use backup servers, and be sure only select people have access to your company’s most private data. Be careful about who you share important information with. In our connected world today, it’s best to be careful both online and off.
- Hire a Strong IT Department
The ease with which Mr. Robot’s protagonist Elliot Alderson hacks people is pretty alarming. He’s able to hack entire businesses with what seems to be the push of a button. Hiring a strong team in your IT department will ensure that your firewalls are all up-to-speed and that your company’s data is protected. Security is not the place to be stingy – dole out some extra budget to make sure your business is safe.
- Block Webcams
On the show, we see characters peeking into each other’s lives by watching them through their webcam. It’s creepy to think about, but hacking someone else’s laptop camera may be easier than we think. Encourage employees with laptops to put a sticker over their webcam to prevent any snooping from occurring. Yes, you can’t know for sure if there is even anybody who would want to pry into your business this way, but it’s best to be on the safe side.
- Don’t Take Shortcuts at Others’ Expense
One of the reasons Elliot’s group of hacktivists wants to hack the giant conglomerate E Corp is because the corporation is portrayed as being heartless and greedy – at the expense of their own customers. As a small business owner, you should never rip off your customers or do things to knowingly hurt them. They are, after all, what keeps your business going. Be transparent, be honest, and never take shortcuts at another person’s expense. It will come back to bite you later on down the road.
- Hire Trusted Employees
When it comes to the hiring process, sometimes you may be frantically searching for someone to fill an important position. But that doesn’t mean you should settle. You would rather leave the position empty a little while longer while you search for the perfect candidate, rather than rush to fill the spot with someone who is less-than-ideal and may compromise your business.
There’s a surprising amount we can learn from TV shows, and Mr. Robot is no exception. For more information about opening up your own business, visit www.biz2credit.com.