Small Business Tech Safety

From ordering supplies to connecting with customers, you depend on technology to bring your small business dream to life.

These simple steps can help you build a computer security strategy ─ so you can protect your business and stay focused on the things you love, instead!

  1. Set some rules. Socialize safe and unsafe online practices, internet research guidelines and a policy on the use of social media sites with your employees.

  2. Up your password strength. Protect all computer accounts with strong passwords and remember to change them often. As an extra security measure, try to limit the employees with administrative privileges to only those who absolutely need them.

  3. Fight against viruses. Install and regularly update antivirus and antispyware software on every computer. It’s worth the upfront cost to avoid major damage to your bottom line (and your reputation) in the long run.

  4. Lock it down. Invest in locking devices for monitors and laptops, and safes for mobile devices such as tablets to avoid physical theft of your technology goods – still the most common cause of data breaches.

  5. Secure your Wi-Fi. Make sure that whatever Wi-Fi network you’re using – both at work and at home – is secure and accessed only by a private password. For added safety, you can also configure your wireless access point or router so your network name does not show up to outside users.

  6. Keep business separate. Though it may be tempting to use your work computer at home for games or email, it puts your business data at risk. Consider having a separate computer for personal use and make sure that your employees do the same.

  7. Provide firewall security. Firewall security for your internet connection is a great idea. And, if your employees work from home, ensure that their home systems are also protected by a firewall.

  8. Choose a secure bank. Protect your funds by making sure your bank has the most trusted and validated tools in anti-fraud services.

  9. Invest in IT. If you don’t have an IT person on staff, enlist an IT consultant or business advisor to help you create a more solid computer security policy. Your business will thank you!

No matter how your business uses technology, getting a security policy in place quickly is a smart item to bring to the top of your to-do list. Take these simple steps and get the peace of mind you need as you pursue your growing business dream!

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