Are you worried about cybercrime against your business? The increasing reliance on technology can certainly make running a business easier. But it also opens up the possibility for hackers to access and potentially steal your important data. More and more, small businesses are seeing news reports of cybercrimes and online security threats. And those threats can be enough to intimidate even the most seasoned entrepreneurs.
But you don’t have to accept that fate for your small business. There are plenty of things you can do to protect your data and improve your business’s online security. In fact, we recently collected more than 75 tips from members of our small business community about cyber security and how to best protect your business online. And now, we’re sharing those tips with you, in the form of a free ebook.
In the book, titled “Tips to Protect Your Business From Cybercrime,” sponsored by Microsoft, you can find tips for protecting your website from online attacks, securing your financial information and creating good habits for you and your team to keep your online assets safe for years to come.
CyberCrime Security Tips from Business Experts
With the insights from all these cybercrime security tips shared by experts in our community, the prospect of keeping your business secure and protected online should seem a bit less daunting. You just need a little planning and time spent on security, and you’ll see that your business data can be protected from the clutches of cyber criminals. If you want to get a taste of what you can find in the free ebook, here are just a few of the more than 75 tips our experts offer.
Back Up Your Database
Robert Brady of Righteous Marketing shared, “If using WordPress, regularly back up your database, keep themes, plugins and WordPress up-to-date — and consider hiring a security service to monitor your install for malicious code. It seems like a pain but it’s nowhere near as painful as fixing a hacked server.”
Log Out Manually
Dr. Emad Rahim of Bellevue University said, “Small business owners should always manually log out of their banking and money transferring websites, which includes shopping cart services and PayPal. It is also important to avoid using the auto save feature for their username and passwords. Combining these practices with updated security software will help to reduce cybercrime attacks.”
Educate Your Employees
Tom Gazaway of LenCred said, “Educate your employees and team. There’s lots of great technology out there to protect businesses but it’s the end users who normally create the issues. Educate them so the problems don’t come from within your organization.”
Explore the Two-Step Verification Process
Martin Lindeskog of Martin.Lindeskog.name shared, “Explore the two-step verification process for social media sites like LinkedIn, and email services. It could take some time to get used to it, but it is good to be on the safe side. You have to have your mobile phone with you, when you use the two-step verification login process.”
Assess Website and App Performance
And Pierre DeBois of Zimana said, “Many times analytics is used with marketing, but many of the tools were meant to assess website and app performance, which can also aid in preventing hacks. Owners should use a web proxy like Charles or Fiddler to confirm how website or app elements are loaded into the browser. Hack attempts usually impact site or app performance, slowing down elements.
One bonus tip: Keep an analytic report filtered to the IP addresses of store locations and branch offices. Doing so can help sort traffic that is not regular, and highlight traffic from potential fraud sources.”
Thanks to everyone who participated and provided cybercrime security tips. Don’t forget to download the free ebook on cybercrime here.
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