For businesses, being hacked is one of the worst things imaginable. A cyber attack can mean the end of business as it can lead to the loss of invaluable data or even customer trust. Ransomware attacks have caused businesses around the world approximately 20 billion dollars in damage in 2020, and your business may be the next victim. That’s unless you have to get ahead of the pirates.
All businesses need to have at least a basic understanding of cybersecurity if they are to stay afloat. In this article, you will learn 5 easy ways to protect your business from hackers.
- Get a password manager
Password security is of vital importance to prevent cyber attacks. Short passwords can be guessed. Repetitive passwords allow hackers to gain access to all of your accounts after guessing a password. You get the picture. Don’t assume that hackers won’t try to crack your work passwords. It’s only a matter of time before they do, and you need to be prepared.
A corporate password manager is one of the best ways to protect your business making sure your passwords are safe from the prying eyes of hackers. It keeps all your login information in a strongly encrypted virtual safe, and you can only access the safe by entering the master password.
Most corporate password managers also have a password generator feature, which allows you to generate very complicated passwords for each of your accounts. A much safer option than writing all the passwords down on a piece of paper or adding them to the cloud, right?
- Get an SSL certificate for your website
An SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate is a security tool that verifies that a website is legitimate and provides encryption between the website and visitors. All trusted websites must have an SSL certificate.
The main advantages of having it are:
– It will protect your business from hackers. The encryption provided by an SSL certificate creates a barrier between you and potential hackers.
– It will increase customer confidence because they will know that your website is genuine and that all the data they send through it is encrypted.
– This will help in SEO. Google always prioritizes secure and encrypted websites in its ranking. Without an SSL certificate, your chances of ranking among the best are low to zero.
- Using a VPN
A VPN is another encryption tool that can help protect your business from hackers, especially when people are working remotely. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and it’s a special server that encrypts all of your data and makes it look like all traffic is coming from that server once you connect to it..
When people are working remotely, you can’t assume that they all use secure wifi, so it’s a great idea to ask all employees to connect to a VPN. This will keep hackers away from your important data, as they will not be able to bypass the encryption. In addition, you can use a VPN to connect to servers in the office and provide access to special business information.
- Set up a firewall
A firewall acts as an intermediary between the device to which it is connected and everything that comes from outside. It carefully scans and checks every website you visit and blocks the connection if it suspects malware is present. A firewall also protects against unauthorized access. This is important because hackers often access corporate accounts silently and you only find out when the damage is done.
Configure a firewall for all working devices. This will ensure that there is no unauthorized access to important business data, and you will know as soon as a threat arises. What’s more, a firewall is a great way to monitor employee activity and detect insider threats. For example, you can set up a firewall to notify you when an employee tries to access sensitive company data unrelated to their work activities.
- Conduct phishing awareness training
Phishing this is when a hacker sends a fake message or phone call in an attempt to get important information. It is a growing threat that businesses continue to fall victim to. Or, more specifically, employees who don’t know any better. It is imperative to conduct extensive phishing awareness training for every member of your business.
Make sure employees always think twice before revealing sensitive data, and instruct them never to click on random links someone sends them. Most phishing attempts happen through email, so they should be very careful.
Getting your business online is great, but it also makes it vulnerable to attacks from thousands of hackers. Forgetting the threat of cyber attacks can be a big mistake that will destroy your business. These 5 cybersecurity steps are easy to follow but are of immense value in protecting your business from online predators.
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