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Data Security

Top 10 Data Security Tips

Not all security breaches are necessarily cyber-related, and whatever the case, there is a lot you can do to protect your small business from a security breach. Most often, data breaches stem from the following causes:

  • Hacking/malware
  • Credit/debit card fraud
  • Bad employees
  • Lost paper documents
  • Lost mobile devices, or
  • Accidental disclosure by someone within the company.
Being aware of these top common causes can help you prevent problems. Here, are the top 10 ways you can protect your business from a security breach:
  1. Background check all new employees. It is important not only to get at least two references from previous employers, and to call both references, but it is also advised that you do a background criminal record check on all employees.
  2. Physically protect papers and laptops. Safeguard important physical documents. Remember that bad employees are one of the top causes of security breaches. Similarly, make sure all company-issued laptops and tablets are password protected and are kept in a safe place when not in use.
  3. Shred old documents. Along the same lines, keep in mind that discarded or stolen papers are one of the top causes of security breaches. Improperly disposed-of physical documents can be a prime source for Identity theft and credit card fraud.
  4. Use a secure wireless connection. On the wireless front, be sure to password-protect your wireless network; you are an easy target without this simple level of security.
  5. Update your software. This is an easy way to stay protected. A lot of small businesses neglect their software updates, which make them vulnerable to some of the most severe security attacks, like ransomware. Anti-virus software is a must, also check out Windows 10, which has tons of security protocols built in.
  6. Download from reliable sources. One of the bad guys’ top tricks is to make you download infected software from their scam sites. Be super careful about where you download from.
  7. Use strong passwords. You know this, but do you do it?
  8. Use a secure connection for receiving/transmitting sensitive financial data. Your e-commerce and other vital financial transactions should be done over sites that use either SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Layer Security.)
  9. Institute a privacy policy. Make sure that everybody in the company understands the importance of strong security and what your specific protocols are.
  10. Back-up. Should the worst occur, you will be very happy if you have a current remote backup of your system and data.

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