Security Mistakes to Avoid in Your Business
Want to keep your business secure against hackers and thieves? Here are several common mistakes to avoid.
Using simple passwords
Some companies are guilty of using simple passwords because they’re easier to remember. However, such passwords are unlikely to offer much of a barrier in the event of a cyber attack. Strong passwords should be a combination of both uppercase and lowercase letter with some numbers thrown in too. You should try to avoid words and dates that relate to you or your business – something entirely random is likely to be more secure. Random passwords can still be memorable simply by bunching three or more unrelated words together and incorporating numbers such as ‘IndigoSpoonHippo28’.
Not backing up data
Not backing up data could result in data being permanently lost if stolen or corrupted. There are lots of ways to back up data – the most effective is to back up data on the cloud. Cloud servers offer some of the most advanced digital security making it near impossible for hackers to get to your files. You can find more details on how this works online. Other ways of backing up data include using a local server or using an external hard drive.
Ignoring software updates
It’s important to restart your computers regularly so that software can update. Such updates often include new security patches so that your computer is secure against the most recent threats. Some companies constantly leave computer on standby, which can result in important updates being delayed. Most modern software automatically updates when a computer is restarted, however some programs may still require manual updates.
Not having security protocol in place
Without security protocol, your security practices could become inconsistent. It can also be useful if your have employees, giving them a set of rules to follow regarding security. This could include protocol when setting a password or protocol when dealing with a virus. You may be able to outline this protocol in a handbook for employees, but you should be careful of where you locate this handbook (which leads onto the next point…).
Sharing security information with the wrong people
If security information falls into the wrong hands, it could leave you business open to attacks. When writing up password lists or security manuals, make sure that these are shared on a secure network with only people you trust. Some companies make the mistake of pinning up password lists in public area where clients and other visitors can see them – all it takes is for one of these people to take a picture and leak this information out. There may even be employees who you don’t want to share certain information with (for instance, a new employee probably shouldn’t be given access to your company’s accounts).