From hackers to viruses the web isn’t nearly as safe and secure as we all wish it was. This is a concern which becomes all the more pressing if you’re setting up your own digital business, as no business can be a success online without being 100% secure. Don’t let the idea of protecting your business from cyber-threats overwhelm you though, it doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to break the bank either. Compared to the value a secure online presence will bring to your company, the costs involved in getting you there are minor.
This may seem like an obvious one, and maybe it is but it’s also the perfect place to start. If you’re still using “password” or “qwerty” as your password, it’s time to get a bit more imaginative otherwise you’ll be compromising your business’s security. Make them as long and as complicated as possible. It’s also vital you don’t use the same password for all your different logins. There are plenty of online password generators for you to use – so there are no excuses!
For a fully functioning and secure online business you’re going to need a unified security system. That means finding one which provides a firewall, data loss prevention, intrusion prevention and anti-virus/malware/spyware. It’s best – and most affordable – if these functions are contained in one package. There are plenty of companies like MainNerve which offer full cyber security and compliance solutions, and this is the way to go for a business looking for full security.
If your company is using the web to carry out cash transaction with customers then using SSL certificates is an absolute must. SSL certificates secure the connections between the web server and the web browser meaning the transaction will be completely secure from any interference. There are many different types of SSL so make sure you fully explore the possibilities and get the right option for you and your business.
Keep Your Software Up To Date
This one is more important than most people realise. Software companies and developers release updates for their software for good reason – usually it means they’ve updated either the content or the security features. If your software has had its security features updated then you need to make sure that you have the latest updates installed and active as soon as possible to make sure you’re as secure as you can be. A well maintained system will also deter potential hackers.
Back Up Your Data
Last, but certainly not least, back up any important data you have stored. You’ve no doubt been told to do this a thousand times or more, but how many people actually do it? It’s one of those things which you’ll only be grateful for having done if the worst happens – and no one wants to imagine the worst happening to them. But you need to! If something goes drastically wrong the damage will be seriously limited if you’ve got back ups.
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