Cybersecurity: Essential Tips For Small Business Owners

Cybersecurity has been front and center in the news for the past year. Unfortunately, most people either do not fully understand the importance of cybersecurity, or only worry about it after they personally experience a breach. Cybersecurity is not just a marketing point for credit card companies, or the basis of a debate among government officials and political pundits. Small business owners are regularly targeted for information and finances through the same hacking methods used on larger organizations. However, there are a few things every small business owners can employ to ensure they are protected from cybersecurity breaches.

Protect Everything Behind A Password

Password protection sounds like basic knowledge, but many people – especially those in small offices – often forget to take such precautions out of convenience. Passwords are forgotten, and force professionals to take an extra step when sitting down in front of a computer. Passwords are a security measure. Hackers do not like passwords either, and by not using them, you are just leaving the door open for information to get stolen. Make sure your password is strong. Do not use information anyone can guess, such as your birthday or your spouse’s name. Pick obscure and unique passwords that only you can remember. Also, change out your password every month or so. The most secure option is to invest in a password manager, which will create random passwords for our computer and sensitive files.

Phishing Scams And Cybersecurity

As a whole, internet users are too savvy to fall for the usual e-mail scams from self-proclaimed princes and people offering large sums of money for free. Yet there are more sophisticated phishing scams floating about. Businesses are often targeted with e-mails that look like official notifications from Google, Apple, Lenovo, and more, usually letting people know about an update to their terms of service, or a corrected security breach. While some e-mail services do filter out many phishing scams, business owners should pay attention to the addresses from whence they originate, or the URLs in any of the links. If they look suspicious, they probably are.

Microsoft Does Not Care About Individuals

One of the more recent cybersecurity scams has been for someone to call businesses under the guise of being a Microsoft professional. They inform businesses that they noticed a security breach, or something similar, and need to remote into one of your workstations to correct the issues. This is a scam. Once the remote in, they will hijack the computer, or the entire network, and then charge an obscene fee to leave. These hackers go through entire telephone number lists until they find their mark.

We live in an age where a simple antivirus and firewall are the very basic things businesses need to prevent cybersecurity attacks. Business owners and their employees need to be educated and take an active role in recognizing and preventing malicious attacks on their companies, information, and finances. For more tips on how to remain safe with your small business, contact BG Capital Funding Group at 702-605-3100.

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