Following are some tips you could use to protect your business form cyber security attacks:
- The most important thing to do is to keep all your software up-to-date. Bad people on the internet look for weak links on your system to break in and steal information. Those weak links can be through your software programming codes. You tech team has to be in the continuous effort of patching or correcting these codes.
- It is always advisable to keep at least three copies of backup of all the business information, with one that is stored in the cloud. You could choose one of the many off-site backup options where the information automatically gets updated as and when changes are made. An external hard disk or a flash drive can be used for storing the information locally. You have to make sure that all these backups are updated with the changes on a regular basis.
- It is better to operate your systems as a limited user rather than an administrator, which is the default option on most computers. This is because if you ever visit a webpage that is infected with a virus, the malware will make changes on your computer only if you are your system’s administrator, otherwise it has no effect. As a limited user, the cyber thieves will have limited or incomplete access to your system.
- The passwords used shouldn’t be some birthdates or phones numbers which can be very simple to guess. Passwords should be a combination of random digits, alphabets and symbols. Also, it is safer to change the passwords of all systems every now and then.
- Instead of protecting your systems and emails using passwords (which are difficult to remember; once guessed by the hackers, it can give them access to multiple interfaces), you could use a two or three way protection. This means that the user may need much more than just a password to access information- a security hardware device and a biometric (fingerprint maybe). This removes the vulnerability from the whole procedure making it more difficult for the hackers, because without any one of the three, the information cannot be accessed.
- Never trust unexpected emails. You may receive an email from a friend, which asks you to click on a certain link. In such cases it is always better to call and confirm from the friend if that link is authentic. This is a form of phishing that is very common.
- Make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date.