Small businesses in particular are at risk for cybercrimes. This is due to a variety of factors. Some small businesses cannot afford top of the line cybersecurity while others are still in the start-up phase and have not emphasized smart web practices with their employees.
Website security is not a one-step process. Businesses need to take numerous steps to ensure basic security. Some examples include keeping software and plugins up to date, updating passwords on a regular basis, and using two-factor identification when at all possible. While this may seem tedious or cumbersome, these simple steps can prevent brute forces attackers from cracking your login credentials.
This many seem like common sense, but always log out of finance websites such as banking sites, money transferring sites, and even PayPal carts. In addition, avoid auto-saving passwords. Many websites offer to store your login information for you. This appeals to many as it can save time, but it also leaves your computer or mobile device open to cyber predators. Business owners should also spot check their credit card statements. This does not mean only look for outlandish charges. Many cyber thefts are small scale so as not to draw attention to themselves.
Businesses should make sure their email is secure, but this is not enough. Employers and employees alike should be more wary of emails from unknown sources. If you cannot verify the source of the email, then you should not click links within it or open its attachments. Holding a cybersecurity awareness meeting or training can go a long way as well.
Protecting your assets from cyber threats is vital to maintaining a thriving business. Taking some of the simple steps above can help protect your company, but there is much more business owners can do. Contact Leverity to learn more about reducing your cyber risk and protecting your company.