Whether your business is large or small, keeping it safe online should be high on the list of priorities. Keeping it safe from some of the latest online threats has become more and more complicated as technology evolves and improves. You hold confidential information online, as well as your business’ livelihood. So what are the most important things that you need to know to keep your business safe? Here are some top tips for keeping your business safe online.
Close Doors To Viruses and Malware
You wouldn’t leave the doors to your office or your company car unlocked overnight, right? But why do many businesses basically do just that, but for cyber criminals?
If your computer is not secure enough, then it only takes a few people in the know to hack your site and get the information that they need.
So to shield your business from malware and viruses, make sure you have a firewall set up. A lot of laptops and computers will come with something anyway these days.
But in many cases, this will not be enough to protect against all that you need it to. So getting additional cover is a good idea.
Again, it doesn’t matter what the size of your business is. If you’re unsure and want some extra protection and peace of mind, then outsourcing your online fraud management processes could be a really good thing for your business.
Then while it is an ongoing concern, it allows you to get on with the growing and day to day running of the business. If you have an online store and are going to be handling people’s confidential information, then it can give you some reassurance that things will be dealt with.
With so many transaction going on each day online, there are bound to be some fraudsters, unfortunately. It sucks, but there are opportunities for unscrupulous people to act on unaware people. Like that letters you get saying your “domain is expiring!” that get people to send them money even when they’re not actually the domain registrar. (That just pisses me off!)
Create an Internet Policy
If you have employees and don’t have a specific policy in place, then you have nothing in place to help protect you and your business if things go wrong.
People can take advantage, and that could end up meaning things can spiral out of control. Require strong passwords that have to be changed every so often.
Have people lock their screen when not at their desks. Educate your team about emails, especially from unknown senders. What happens if the policy is not followed? All of this to think about but it will pay to think about it.
Use Social Media Wisely
Let’s face it; social media is here to stay. So you need to learn to be using it for your business wisely. Again, some kind of policy should be in place to make sure that the system is not abused. So you need to sit down and talk about it.
Who will be sharing the information and how much will they have access to? Will you need non-disclosure agreements for people that will have access to vital business information?
Think about the tone of voice for social media and any blogs, as well as who you will allow as followers or ‘friends.’