Small Business Cyber Security Tips

People assume only large companies are subject to cyber attacks, data breaches or held to ransom by criminals however the reality is small businesses are more exposed to cyber attacks than the larger to medium-sized businesses.

Hackers see small businesses as easy targets due to the fact they don’t have the resources, skills or knowledge to prepare or prevent an attack.

The purpose of this article is to outline some practical ways to protect your business from cybercriminals whose sole purpose is to exploit vulnerable people and business to generate profit.

Backups

A good working backup will save your business and help you get back online. By implementing a tried and tested backup solution which allows you to easily recover your data is essential for every business.

Operating system & Software Updates

When you get notifications advising you that your software is out of date and needs updating you need to update the software as soon as possible. Updates include enhancements, improvements but more importantly security updates which if not addressed leave you wide open to attack.

Anti-virus Software & Virus Updates 

Installing anti-virus software will protect your computer from a wide range of malware and viruses however anti-virus software is only as good as the last virus definition update you have downloaded and applied to the software. Therefore it is very important to ensure your anti-virus software is using the latest virus definitions.

Different & Strong Passwords

It’s easy to use the same password across all your devices and digital assets but it also leaves you wide open to attacks. Hackers know how people think and if they crack one of your passwords they know the same password will most likely give them access to other digital assets you have. So the key is to use a different password for different devices and assets but also ensure the passwords are strong and difficult to crack. You can generate strong passwords by visiting https://www.lastpass.com/

Don’t Open Suspicious Emails

Phishing emails will appear to be from a reputable source like your bank or maybe the HMRC. They will ask you to click a link and confirm your details via a website.  The fake website will collect all your details and use it for criminal purposes or even worse install a virus on your computer. The key here is only trust emails from reputable sources and also check the website the link takes you too. If you’re not sure who an email is from then just delete it – especially if you’re being asked to click a link or provide your personal detail.

Avoid Suspicious websites 

Websites are a great way for hackers to infect your website with a virus and the worrying thing is cybercriminals are getting really good at making the website look like an official website from a reputable company. 
When you visit a website always ensure the website has the green lock displayed or https: included in the website address.

Don’t submit any information to the website unless your 100% happy that the website is genuine. check the website address to make sure it’s correct as hackers will try and manipulate the address to make it look as genuine as possible. We also advise your computer is running the latest versions of the software and has the latest virus updates installed to stop any possible virus, ransomware attacks  

This article includes some practical ways to help you get started with protecting your business and yourself online which we hope you find useful.