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How to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attacks

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What you need to do to avoid cyber attacks

As a small business owner, you might think that you are safe from cyber attacks. However, reports reveal that around 43% of all cyber attacks happen to small businesses!

But are you prepared for a cyber attack? And what can you do to improve your cyber security? Read more here to find out.

How to shield your business from cyber attacks:

Below are some questions you need ask to make sure that you are safe from a cyber attack. Be sure to answer each one with the help of your team.

  • Do my employees have strong passwords?

Weak passwords are the number one reason for half of data breaches. This is why it is very important that you ask your employees to have strong passwords. Moreover, use a password manager such as LastPass to generate passwords and store them across all devices.

  • Are my employees regularly changing their passwords?

Having a strong password is not enough to guarantee cyber security. You need to take it a step further and make sure to reset all passwords on a monthly basis. Furthermore, ensure that your employees change their passwords on a regular basis.

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  • Do we use two-factor authentication?

Many people underestimate the importance of two-factor authentication. However, since it adds another security layer that protects you from data breaches, it is important that you enable it whenever possible. SMS authentication is just one example of two-factor authentication you should consider.

  • Do employees use their personal smartphones for work?

According to Nokia, smartphone malware infections increased nearly 400% in 2016. Since all devices connected to your company’s network can be a potential threat, you need to give employees separate work phones. Moreover, make sure that the phones are passcode protected and can be wiped remotely.

  • Are we backing up files regularly?

Ransomware can make your files inaccessible. For this reason, you should ensure that you have regular backups offsite. Also, install a system that stores important files in multiple places to avoid data loss in case of an attack.

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  • Does every company device have up-to-date antivirus & malware software?

One of the basic steps to ensure data security is installing anti-virus & malware software on your devices and making sure that they are always up-to-date. Furthermore, double check any external devices, such as flash drives, before using them.

  • Are we actively controlling administrative privileges?

Another way to protect your small business from cyber attacks is by controlling who has access to what. So make sure that you give out administrative access sparingly. Moreover, ensure that employees with admin access are knowledgeable about security issues.

  • Can my employees recognize phishing emails?

Phishing emails make up 49% of attacks. Since phishing emails can look very real, you must educate your employees about them and instruct them not to click on any links before getting clearance.

  • Do employees share sensitive information via emails?

Spear phishing is another way attackers use to steal your data. To prevent spear phishing, ask your employees to double check any request they get for sensitive information, even if the requests come from supervisors.

  • Do we encrypt customer information & data bases?

Failing to encrypt your databases makes your sensitive information easily accessible to hackers. Ensure that any files you have with sensitive information are encrypted. We recommend FireVault for Mac users and BitLocker for Microsoft PCs.

  • Are our sites properly protected?

Website vulnerabilities such as outdated operating systems and plugins make you more prone to cyber attacks. This is why you need to regularly keep backups and install updates.

Bonus tip: If you have a WordPress site, make sure that you stay up to date with the latest best practices and read up on security tutorials. 

Are you ahead of the game when it comes to cyber crime? We hope you are now! Spread the knowledge and share this post with friends and other small business owners you know. 

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Beirut Abu Hdaib

Can be bit of a monomaniac. My lust for word manipulation is insatiable. An often doleful #writer with a flair for #marketing & #socialmedia :)

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