Security attacks on small businesses can be devastating. Studies show that within six months of being hacked, over 60 percent of small business have gone out of business.
According to Security Magazine, 70 percent of attacks target small businesses. This illustrates why computer and data security needs to be at the top of your list and given the attention it deserves. By taking the right precautions, you can greatly reduce the risk of your small business being exposed to a security breach.
These precautions are essential, especially since electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers have become an important component of our everyday lives. While these devices have made communication easier and more efficient, they also increase security risks and raise concerns about privacy and security.
While there is no guaranteed strategy for avoiding a security breach, here are five security measures you can take to help protect your small business.
Top 5 computer security tips
- Use strong passwords and change them regularly
Updating your passwords regularly is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to protect your business. Make sure you mix upper and lowercase letters with symbols and numbers, as this can be harder to guess and also more difficult to hack. Alternatively, you can consider using a password manager that will create and save unique passwords for you.
- Log off, lock and sign out
Always log off and sign out. This prevents others from being able to access your personal files and information or interfere with your computer. The same applies to electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, always lock, log off and sign out. What’s more, avoid using a public computer for any work that is critical to your business. These computers can easily be hacked. If you must use a public computer, make sure that the connection is Https for your Internet applications.
- Use a secure wireless connection
Ensure you password-protect your wireless network. You are an easy target without this simple level of security. Avoid using unprotected wireless networks, always login and connect to safe and secure networks.
- Update your software
This is an easy way to stay protected and your first line of defence against malicious activity. So make sure you have antivirus software in place and that it is updated. A lot of small businesses neglect their software updates, which makes them vulnerable to some of the most severe security attacks. Anti-virus software is a must and does much more than just keep your computer virus-free. It protects your identity, your business and also neutralises fraud attempts when shopping online.
Ensure you have a current remote backup of your system and data. If your small business is using a cloud solution, then the backup is taken care of for you. Make sure you choose a known and reliable service provider, such as Visma. This way you can enjoy a more reliable and secure service, as many of these security measures are taken care of for you.
It’s much cheaper to prevent a security problem than to fix one
The risk of a security breach is very real, but there is a lot you can do in terms of prevention.
At Visma, we understand that as a small business owner, your data is one of your most valuable assets. Therefore, we have a strong focus on security, privacy, transparency and compliance, which you can read more about on our Trust Centre. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is another security issue we take extremely seriously, you can read more about how we address this here.
We hope these security tips can help protect your small business from a security breach.
Check out our infographic below, which sums up what you can do to help protect your small business from a security breach.