Our smart phones and computers hold almost everything we do throughout our day, both at work and at home. With such a wealth of personal and professional information at our (and at hackers’) fingertips, it’s important to keep ourselves and our employees aware of online security practices. There’s a number of simple ways, but you’d be surprised how many become ignored.
1. Hire Professionals
As a small or medium sized business you may not an an internal IT manager, but that doesn’t mean you are alone to be your own IT support. You best option is outsourcing to a managed IT service provide, for a fixed fee you can can have IT resources for generally much less than hiring staff.
2. Stop using easy passwords.
One of the most overlooked online security habits is creating stronger passwords. 123456 is still the most common used and most hacked. Passwords should be lengthily and complicated, especially for your email and financial websites. See our post on secure passwords http://www.newport-solutions.com/secure-passwords-tips/
3. Be on guard against phishing.
Phishing attacks are on the rise, request our free phishing attack guide.
4. Don’t forget about your phone.
Your smart phone is a computer that fits in your pocket which is more of a security risk. Do not connect to public wifi networks, avoid 3rd party apps and keep your phones software and apps updated.
5. Password Manager.
Password managers basically take care of password security for you by helping your create complex credentials. See our post on using password managers. http://www.newport-solutions.com/business-grade-password-managers/
6. Start using 2 factor authentication.
Heard the term 2 factor authentication, or multifactor authentication? This ads an extra layer of security to the login process, and if you are not already using it for your banking website’s I highly recommend starting there.
7. Keep software up to date.
Updating Windows and iOS is critical in securing your devices. Even though it seems annoying with reminders, this fixes the potential security holes in software. It’s critical to update your software timely.
8. Educate yourself and your employees.
Everyone needs to know the proper steps to minimize risks. See our page on security education. http://www.newport-solutions.com/computer-security-employee-education/