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Tips to keep your business safe from hackers

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As your business grows, things like cyber security become more important. You have more employee data to deal with, including some personal information you don’t want to be accessed. There’s also your financial information which will become more valuable the larger you get, and finally, your client information may be very sensitive.

This final point may cause the most significant potential harm to your business, as when valuable or private company data is lost and affects the stock price of the client. In this case, they may have grounds to sue you.

Of course, you don’t want any of these things to happen, so we’ve created a list of tips to help improve your security against hackers so that it won’t happen to you. If you want more information, make sure to check out this cybersecurity blog.

There’s no need to store all data

Often, you and your employees will save all documents to the hard drive of your computer, and then never think about it again. This is an issue for several reasons. First is that when the laptop is stolen, and someone is able to break into the files. Second, if the laptop breaks, and there isn’t a backup on the cloud, then this key information may be lost forever. We recommend implementing regular hard drive wipes, either every month or every few weeks, to ensure that all critical data is stored safely, and that and other documents are deleted.

Use the right technology

There’s a vast selection of technology now available to be used to maximize your data security. The first is a firewall, which will prevent malware and other aggressive software from accessing your PC. Second, ensure you have an antivirus as a second form of protection. Finally, you should make sure all passwords are reset regularly, and that these passwords are randomly generated, rather than using words and numbers that could be easily guessed.

Train your employees

Many of the common breaches in data come from the mistake of an employee. This may be due to them not having the correct software, or not wiping their laptop correctly. Without the proper training though, the employee isn’t entirely at fault. An employee training scheme should be set up to make sure all current employees are trained, and that new employees are told about the company processes when they enter the business.

Limit access to data 

A good way of making sure that information doesn’t end up in the wrong hands is by limiting and segmenting who can view it. If sensitive information is only given to a select few customers, then the chance of it getting out or into the wrong hands is much limited.

Update your software

While it’s great having all the software you need to prevent someone from hacking your system, this is useless if you don’t keep it up to date. As well as regularly deleting files, updating company software should be made a priority and a part of your data security process.

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