Powerful Ways To Keep Your Small Business Digitally Secure

August 17, 2017 8:51 pm

In this, The Internet Age, security is becoming more important by the hour. We are often bombarded with news stories and personal anecdotes about how people’s personal and business information has been compromised digitally. That is why if your company does anything online, and I’m betting that it does, it is vital that you have some safeguards in place to protect your data. Read on to find out more.

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Secure networks

Do you know the difference between a public and a private network? If the answer is no, then your company’s data, including customer information could be at risk. This because too many people are using public networks to access their work or send emails and communications.

The problem with this is that on public networks what you are sending can be ‘overheard’ or basically pick up by others because it’s not secured from end to end. However by using a secure network the only people that have access to the message are the sender and the receiver. Meaning it’s much more security conscious and so good for protecting any sensitive or personal information. As well as being in line with the Data Protection Act and helping to prevent industrial espionage.

Disposal of equipment

Something else that needs to be taken into consideration to keep your business digitally secure is the disposal of old IT equipment such as computers and USB sticks. This is because not everyone knows how to permanently remove data from these devices. Meaning that if someone got a hold of them that has this skill the data remaining could be compromised.

Luckily there is professional computer remarketing services out there that can sanitise, shred, or crush old equipment making it impossible to access and protecting your business secrets. This is something that vital particularly if you choose to recycle your old IT equipment by selling it on to another company. As you are guaranteed that no matter what IT wizards they have to work for them, they won’t be able to mine old equipment for useful information that you as a company would rather keep private.


Anti-hacking measures

Hacking is something that is always in the news these days, and I suspect will continue to be as the business world moves further and further towards the digital realm. The simple truth of it is that while hacking is a risk, this risk doesn’t outweigh the cost and convenience benefits for most companies in doing business online.

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However, that doesn’t mean you just have to take your chances with hacking, malware and viruses and all those other nasty things lurking in the digital world. In fact, there are plenty of things you can do to minimise the possibility of unauthorised access to your computer systems. Such as not storing all of your sensitive data in the cloud, using two-factor identification processes, and educating your employees on how to spot phishing email and scams at work. In this way, you can be sure that you are keeping your business as digitally secure as possible.

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