The online world can certainly be a big, scary space, and there are plenty of dangers that can pose a threat to businesses and individuals, no matter who they are. No one is really safe when it comes down to it, but there are ways to improve security for your business. Here are a few to get you started and on your way to a more secure company.
Change Passwords Often
Passwords are something we all love to hate. With so many platforms and websites to login to, whether that’s online or through the software on your computer, there’s a lot to remember. However, having strong passwords is important to reduce the chances of someone figuring out your password. Not only that but they should be changed regularly. Yes, this might be a little frustrating and hard to manage, but the more complex you are with passwords the better.
Update Your Firewall
Your security is important not only to protect your company but also all the data and files you have that may contain personal information. Updating your firewall is something that needs doing often, and that’s possible by getting in touch with the provider of your firewall and making sure that what you currently have is strong enough when it comes to what your organization requires. These updates will reduce the chances of you succumbing to viruses and hackers who have targeted your company for financial gain. These guidelines that you set out when it comes to your firewall are going to minimize the risks both now and in the foreseeable future.
Improve Staff Awareness
Your staff certainly bare some responsibility when it comes to protecting the company from hackers or scammers, and you have that responsibility to improve their awareness. These dangers can be easily avoided if staff know what to look out for. You can bring in your external IT support or companies who specialize in training businesses in cyber-security. Some of the most common occurrences of attacks are through phishing emails. These will contain links or attachments that once open can end up infecting the computer and potentially the entire server. They can also appear to be other colleagues but aren’t. Threats to the individual are also quite common, but as good practice, it’s always beneficial to just forward it onto IT or to delete the email.
Clear Up After Old Employees
Employees come, and employees go, that’s the nature of businesses, and you’ll be lucky to have staff that sticks with the company until retirement. However, for any that leave, it’s good to clean up after they’ve gone. This means, deleting them or removing their accounts on certain software, closing their email accounts and removing any access to personal work files from mobile devices or laptops they own. Unfortunately, not all individual staff members may leave happily and to avoid any problems, it’s good to clean up after old employees to protect the business.
You can never be too careful, so make sure you take precaution when it comes to the security of your business.