Top 10 Tips to Protect your Online Business Security

by Lauren Schneidewind on December 16, 2016

A top priority of any online business should be to provide secure services for their customers. This means maintaining a reliable website, strong enough to survive any virtual attack. Unfortunately, such attacks happen every day. The good news is that there are practices you can implement to protect your business.

Tip 1: Train Your Employees

The first step is to acquaint your employees with policies and practices that will keep your computers and networks safe. Even the best security technology will be ineffective unless your employees understand their responsibility for protecting sensitive data.

Tip 2: Use a Business Phone Number and Email Address

This is extremely helpful when you need to provide and publicly list your phone number and email address. Using your personal cell phone and email address for business is not only unprofessional but may cause a mix-up in your communications. Also, not keeping business and personal separate could increase your online vulnerability.

Tip 3. Update Your Software Regularly

Choose anti-virus software with automatic updates that block spam and detect spyware. Spyware are programs that can be secretly installed on your computer. They attach to your computer when you click on a contaminated hyperlink or open an infected document. Intruders use them to get sensitive information from your system.

Tip 4: Use a VPN!

Public Wi-Fi can seriously increase the security risk of your online business. Did you know that there are technologies that hackers use to access your emails and login credentials?

A solution to this problem is to use a VPN (virtual private network). This is a small app you can install on your devices. As soon as you turn the VPN on, it will encrypt your Internet communications while you work from an untrusted or public network.

Tip 5: Encrypt Your Devices

Even if your passwords are strong, your hard drive may be easily removed and connected to another computer. As a result, all your files will become accessible to the intruder.

It’s even worse if you have the habit of saving your passwords in your browser. That’s equal to directly offering the security information of your online accounts. How can you protect yourself? By encrypting all the devices that you use.

Tip 6: Use SSL To Encrypt The Pages of Your Online Stores

Protecting customer information, with a focus on credit card numbers, is a primary security obligation of all online stores. Not only are there painful penalties for not doing so, but without an SSL (secure socket layer), your site will be vulnerable. When you add an SSL to your store, all the information, such as between your site and your customer, will be encrypted.

Tip 7: Regularly Change Your Passwords

Why is it important to change your passwords regularly? Because they are your first line of defense against malicious acts aiming to harm or even destroy your brand and business.

Additionally, for each new computer or software, change the default passwords and account names with your own, unique ones. It is ideal to do this every 90 days.

Tip 8: Beware Of Phishing Emails!

The idea of phishing emails is to make you voluntarily give away your username and password. Such emails look legitimate because they resemble services you are using. The goal is to deceive you into clicking on a hyperlink that takes you to their website. That website usually looks like the web service you are using.

Always be careful when you see a hyperlink in an email. Don’t click on it and don’t reply to the email.

Tip 9: Prepare Your Router

This advice applies whether you have a router that is wired or wireless. Through the Web management interface, disable access from the outside network and immediately change the admin default password. The purpose of this action is to prevent hackers from intruding into your network, changing the settings and reading your log files.

Tip 10: Backup, Backup, Backup!

This is one of the most common phrases used by all IT specialists, not just by security experts. To be honest, most people rarely follow this advice. However, you need to protect your business. One day you will be thankful for this reminder since backups could save you from serious trouble.

If your goal is to build a long-term online business that is sustainable and secure, follow the tips outlined above to be prepared for potential attacks. If you need help in online security for small enterprises, you can always contact LD Studios’ competent and experienced consultants.

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