A cyberattack could strike anybody, therefore you must not think of yourself as exempt because your business is based on a smaller-scale. There are also many ways in which a cyberattack can occur; you must be wary of hackers inserting themselves between your server and that of a trusted client, for example. Be sure to take the following ten steps into consideration in order to protect your business’s data as well as valuable client information.
1) Lock your Screen
When in the office, you are of course likely to step away from the computer several times throughout the day. This can develop an easily traceable pattern for someone who may wish to access valuable information. Such actions can be avoided by ensuring both you and your staff lock your computers when leaving the desk.
2) Weak Password = Weak Protection
Locking the computer screen would not be beneficial if your password is easily guessable, such as your date of birth. It is crucial that when it comes to your business, however big or small, passwords must remain strong. If you must share passwords between employees, be sure to use encrypted services, or instead share in person, if possible.
3) Data Back-up.
Backing up ALL fundamental data should be a top priority. This is to prevent all records from being permanently lost in the case of an electrical fault, fire, flood, or a break-in. It is important to find the best back-up software for your business. In the case of external back-up, ensure it is encrypted and stored in a safe place outside of your place of work.
4) Secure Wi-Fi
The use of public Wi-Fi could threaten all personal data, putting it at high risk. Therefore, public connection should be avoided in all circumstances. The use of a secure network is essential.
5) Working Remotely
The importance of secure Wi-Fi becomes evident here. It is essential that whether working from home, the office or a café, the level of secure protection must remain high at all times. Furthermore, in such instances, your employees must ensure to not leave paperwork or laptops unattended and be extra vigilant with all important documents. If working on a train or café, dimming the brightness of your screen, or installing a privacy screen protector can help to prevent others from looking over your shoulder.
6) Keep a track-record of access
It is important to always keep on top of who has access to your systems. Ensure to erase employees who no longer work for you or even those who are continuously absent for long periods of time.
7) Look out for deceiving emails
Such emails are called deceiving for a reason, however, educating yourself and your employees on early signs of suspicious activity can help to prevent malicious acts. Some signs to look out for include immediate payment requests or advice for you to act urgently.
8) Anti-Virus Protection
To prevent any virus from entering your database, install a protection method, and ensure to keep it up-to-date.
9) Out with the old
Keeping unnecessary data will exhaust your business’ time and resources. Therefore, you should ensure to erase data that you no longer need, and only keep hold of what is currently relevant.
10) Disposing of unnecessary data
As mentioned above, it is important to only keep hold of needed information, however, old data must be disposed of correctly. A deletion software is one way of preventing any unwanted access. Even when disposing of a device, you must ensure no data is left on there for a hacker to view. It also goes without saying that if the information is in paper form, it must be shredded prior to disposal.
Cyber protection is one area of your business where expenses should not be spared. Be sure to undertake as many of these steps as possible to protect your data. If you have any queries regarding the above or would require assistance with an alternative matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert solicitors at Lawdit today.
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