Small businesses are easy targets for hackers. While many company owners believe they are safe from Trojans, viruses, phishing, social engineering and hack attempts, the truth is that they are not.
Unlike mid to larger businesses who can afford to hire security teams for the sole purpose of warding off hack attempts, small businesses are an easy target for hackers. Most business folks understand the marketing term, “low hanging fruit.” It means easy pickings and that is exactly what a small business is to a hacker.
So what can you do to protect yourself? Your budget is small and you don’t know how much you can afford to put in increased security. First of all, call us at WynWay Technologies. We are here to help you prevent being hacked. We can advise you and set-up your system so you are protected. We offer a monthly tech support program that will help keep your devices safe.
Having strong passwords is one of the best free tools you have. Oddly enough passwords often follow the same trends. For instance, remember the 90’s movie “Hackers”? They talk about the four most common passwords being love, secret, sex and god. While this isn’t true today many people still use things like 1234 or their name and birthday. Some of the most common passwords are simply a word, all lowercase letters with no numbers. Using passwords like these are not good business.
Think about having your employees reset their passwords on their workstations and make sure they are strong ones that use numbers, letters and upper and lower case. If they have trouble remembering their passwords, you can always install software like LastPass to keep passwords secure and retrievable.
Keep Your Updates Current.
Automatic updates ensure that your computer always has the latest bug fixes and patches. These updates are often published after the maker finds a problem or “bug.” Having the latest update ensures your computer is safe.
Set Your Computer to Lock Every Time It Wakes Up.
By entering a password each time your computer wakes from sleep only takes a few seconds. Keeping it locked helps protect it from unwanted eyes. If it’s not password-protected, anyone can access your information if you lose your computer or if it is stolen.
Turn Your Computer Off When You Are Not Using It.
One of the best ways to ensure the safety of your computer is to shut it off when it’s not in use. Additionally, you save money on electricity while making sure there is no access to the internet when you are not using it. The only downside to this is that your automatic backup program can’t run if your computer is off.
Use Anti Virus.
Make sure you have an antivirus program. PC Magazine gives Norton, McAfee and Webroot top ratings on these programs. Personally, we use AVG as a great free alternative.
Back Up Your Computer Often.
Most people don’t think of backing up their computer until a disaster happens. This is a simple precaution that can save you from big headaches. Make sure you do a weekly backup so your files are saved. Should your computer crash or you get hacked having a copy of everything on your drive is vital.
When Small Business Computer Security Is Not Enough
You may have increased your network security, made everyone reset their passwords and taught them not to click on suspicious links and you still get hacked. What should you do?
First and foremost you should immediately notify the local authorities. Don’t wait to do this. The longer you wait, the less likely the culprit will be caught and your data returned.
After you determine what has been taken you need to notify your customers. Increasing awareness of the situation decreases the ramifications of your customers not knowing whether their personal information has been compromised and they can react accordingly to it.
Here at WynWay Technologies we offer a subscription for business protection that includes unlimited virus removal, speed boost, support for three devices (tablet, computer or phone) and unlimited support for your questions. With our monthly Tech Support plan you no longer have to worry about protecting your machine from viruses, from running slow, or trying to figure out those few issues that have been bugging you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 765-692-3100 for a customized support plan.