• Chris Taylor

5 Tips to improve IT security at your small business.

Updated: Nov 14, 2018

We see time and time again small businesses not implementing basic computer security practices that can put their business in jeopardy. This is why we have put together the top 5 small business security issues we have found so you know what to implement in your small business.


ANTI-VIRUS

A computer virus is a malicious program that self-replicates by copying itself to another program. By installing anti-virus software on all company computers, you are adding an extra layer of protection should your employees accidentally get into something suspicious.


UPDATES

You should regularly update your computers, including desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Updating your operating system and applications closes security holes that an attacker could use to gain control of your systems.


BACKUPS

All important information should have a copy. Backups of all important data should be done at least once daily. These backups should also be audited weekly to make sure they are still running. Monthly you should verify that you can restore your data from the backups. Having good backups is one of the most effective way of protecting against the Crypto Virus.


COMPLEX PASSWORDS

Updating your passwords regularly is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to protect your business. You should also be changing them frequently to keep them unique. Using phrases as your password such as "Go Tampa Bay!" is far more effective and easier to remember than a randomly generated password.


USER TRAINING

Everyone in your business must understand your businesses security policy and know why it's important. Education doesn't need to be expensive. It can be used as a refresher to bring new and existing employees up to speed with any changes. Simple things such as how to spot a fake or malicious email can go a long way in keeping your systems secure.


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