Strengthen Computer Security in Your Business

Growing more intelligent, hackers use everyday software to steal precious information.  The hacker takes over the account under the radar without notice, and blends in.  An email from the legitimate, yet hacked account spreads throughout the email list asking for information and hoping you fall for the scam.  A business analysis of the security systems set in place is wise.

The Problem

Large companies have security measures in place for hackers.  Small businesses and startups don’t, and hackers are targeting these companies instead.  They will use email accounts, online services, computer software, and the router hoping for a payoff.  Hackers accept anything from a name and address to email addresses and login info.  Government and financial information is a plus for them.  Information in the wrong hands destroys company reputation.  Customers will no longer trust you with information, and trust is a reason customers visit your store.

The Solution

While small businesses and startups don’t have high-tech security, methods taken can become high-tech to hackers.  Simple changes such as stronger passwords and updating outdated software will go a long way.  A strong password is a non-dictionary phrase consisting of numbers, symbols, and capital/lowercase letters.  The purpose of software updates is to fix bugs and patches found in the current and previous versions.  Not fixing it gives hackers a way inside.  Hire a person or a remote company who specializes in virus prevention and computer monitoring.

Additionally, invest in business antivirus software.  Business antivirus software provides additional security personal antivirus software cannot:  include secondary scanners such as Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Hitman Pro, Spybot, and/or Emisoft Anti-Malware.  Firewall, encryption, and password-protected documents are mandatory.  Seal the deal with passwords and encryption for the router.  The bonus is a privacy policy statement on the website.  Customers can view this policy to know more about how the company uses sensitive information.  Online, ensure websites such as social media and storage media websites contain privacy settings and virus protection before uploading anything.  Lastly, don’t use public Wi-Fi for business use.

Many businesses rely on consumers to survive and thrive.  Proactive defense is the only way to stop these determined, yet sophisticated criminals.  Whether your business is an online store or a service, the customer comes first.

Remember, running a business successfully does not need to be complicated.  Keep it simple!

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