5 Ways To Keep Your Business Secure Online

Don’t leave your business open to cyber-crime! There are plenty of ways to protect your company or organisation – so be proactive and tighten up your security through these simple and effective methods.

1. Use different passwords for EVERYTHING

Don’t let something as simple as a poor password or a lack of variation let you down. Make sure your password is at least 8 to 10 characters long, use punctuation, capitals and numbers and never write it down and just leave it on your desk (obviously…)

Aside from this, avoid sharing sensitive passwords with employees unless it’s entirely necessary – if social media passwords can be kept within a select few, there is less chance of hacking.

Take a look at our  top tips on keeping your password secure.

2. Don’t use personal devices for work

Do you or members of your team occasionally use your personal devices to send work emails, or access the social channels of your business? Or vice versa, do you access your own social media on work computers or send personal emails from a work account? Don’t do this!

It may seem faster or more convenient; however, if you were discussing sensitive work information on a personal device that was then lost or stolen, it would leave you in a bit of a sticky situation.

Keep work and play separate – refrain from using company devices for personal reasons, and don’t access work information on your personal tablet, laptop or phone. Furthermore, have dedicated accounts for both personal and professional social media platforms/ emails. It really is better to be safe than sorry.

3. Keep an eye on your invoices

Invoice fraud is one of the oldest tricks in the book. It’s entirely possible for a hacker to intercept an electronic invoice and change the bank details, so when the customer pays the invoice they will accidentally (and unknowingly) deposit the money in the account of the hacker, as opposed to that of your business.

To protect yourself from this kind of cyber-crime, it’s a good idea to use security measures such as working with a cloud-based invoice software provider or using two-factor authentication and encryption. Also, always make sure the customer details are legitimate before sending an invoice.

4. Train and monitor your staff

By informing your staff about the risks of cyber security, you are tackling half the problem. Knowledge is key; educate yourself and your staff and encourage them to report anything suspicious, identify strange payment patterns and verify transactions.

Monitoring staff is also important. If an employee leaves the business, discontinue their accounts and make sure they no longer have access to your business networks.

5. Encrypt sensitive data

Remember to never send sensitive information over public Wifi networks and encrypt everything you send through email. Encryption is the best way to keep valuable information safe from cyber-crime. Nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to send data online without it ending up in a networked computer system – it’s vital to encrypt anything sensitive.

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