Internet Security 101: How to Protect Your Small Business
As a small business owner, it’s pertinent that you secure your Internet connection and computer against hackers. Today hackers spend their time scouring the Internet for any network vulnerabilities and unsecured network connections. As a small business owner your network is vulnerable to online hackers. Therefore, your first priority is securing your network connection.
Research shows that over 50 percent of small to medium-sized online businesses fail to consider the most basic security measures for their companies. Most companies never install anti-spyware or anti-virus programs on their networks. Take the example of the Mydoom virus and why it was able to spread so quickly. The virus infected one out of three small to medium-sized online businesses. Only one of every six large-sized online businesses was infected with the virus. Therefore, small to medium-sized online businesses are more vulnerable to online hackers than large-sized online businesses.
Data Security and Encryption Software
Without data security measures and encryption software your business remains vulnerable to online attacks from hackers. Protect your business by following these 17 steps:
- Install an encryption program to encrypt all your data files and emails.
- Secure your wireless router by setting up the WEP, WPA, or WPA2 setting.
- Change the default user login password on your router.
- Change the default SSID setting on your router.
- Always enable the MAC address filtering on your router.
- On the network router disable the SSID broadcast.
- Never auto-connect to any open WiFi Networks.
- Always assign static IP addresses to the devices on your network.
- Enable the firewalls on all your computers and router.
- Install an anti-virus and anti-spam program on all your computers.
- Never trust free anti-virus software, always purchases your anti-virus software.
- Turn off your network computers and router during long periods of non-use.
- Position your router and access points inside a cabinet and not near a window.
- Encrypt all your data files when transferring the files to an online storage or backup service.
- Never use your password on more than one account.
- Always use numbers, upper or lower case letters, and special characters in your password.
- Never use your address, SSN, birthday, or children's names for your passwords.
Guard your businesses against hackers by keeping your computer up-to-date with the latest patches and security updates. Always keep your anti-virus and spyware software current with the latest updates. The higher the level of encryption you use on your network, the harder it will be for a hacker to breach your network and steal your data.