According to the UK Government, Cyber Security Breaches Survey (2018) over four in ten businesses (43%) experienced a cybersecurity breach or attack in the last 12 months.
Large or small, all businesses come under threat from cybercrime and it’s important you take measures to prevent a security breach. Here are our top cybersecurity tips for small business owners and entrepreneurs;
Passwords on all electronic devices and accounts should be strong but not so complicated you forget them. Using symbols, capital letters and numbers will help to make it extra secure. Try not to reuse the same password for a number of important accounts.
2. Backup Your Files
It’s an obvious one but a surprising amount of us aren’t doing it. Hard drives can be lost, and computers can be stolen so backing up your files online with software such as Dropbox Pro with extended version history (EVH) is highly recommended.
3. Antivirus / Firewall System
Uploading an antivirus system to your computer should act as a shield against most viruses whilst you’re online. It may cost a small fee to get an anti-virus system but consider it an investment.
4. Software Updates
Make sure you implement automatic software updates where possible. Old software is often susceptible to bugs and exploitable holes in the code that allow hackers to break through. Software updates reduce the likelihood of a security breach.
5. Stay Vigilant, Stay Safe
Think about the sites you’re visiting online, the emails you open and the files you download. If you have staff, make sure that they’re also being vigilant.
You may receive an email from someone you trust but think twice if the language they use seems slightly different or they link you to a URL which seems a little strange or is unusual behaviour.
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