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As more businesses grow an online presence, the security risks for any business can increase. Hackers and scammers are becoming more skillful in their abilities to infiltrate and so it’s important to remember the tips that can keep your business safe. Here’s how to keep your business safe online.

Have A Security Policy In Place

A policy is something that can be really useful to distribute to current staff and for new staff to become aware of when joining the organization. This should include some of the following; proper usage of computers and devices, requirement of strong passwords and consequences if the policy isn’t followed correctly. Regardless of how small or big, the company is, size is irrelevant and your business should have this policy or statement in place already as mentioned in this infographic, 10 elements of cybersecurity for businesses.

Protect With Passwords
As part of your policy, all applications or confidential documents must be password protected. They should be strong in terms of complexity and ideally all different. This is handy if any of these applications are hacked, at least it’s likely to be just the one occurrence if all the passwords are different. It is difficult to keep track of all the passwords, but it is beneficial in order to strengthen the security of the business as a whole. At least if you forget the password, you can simply reset it. The less vulnerable areas you leave available, the better.

Train Staff To Be Cautious
Your staff should be trained to proceed with caution when it comes to browsing the web and opening suspicious emails. They can prove to be a potential risk to the company’s security as they are accessing the internet on a daily basis. So, bring in some regular training sessions to keep your staff well informed of what to look out for, especially as hackers’ approaches seem to change fairly frequently.

Strengthen Your Security
As much as you can do internally, you should be working in the background to strengthen your overall security. That includes having the right anti-ware installed onto your systems so that your files are protected. You should also be keeping tabs on how to improve the security and strengthen it on a regular basis, making sure you have the latest updates or version of your anti-ware software.

Be Careful When It Comes To Social Media
Social media is a powerful thing but if not used wisely, it can end up leaving your business in a vulnerable situation. Make sure you are aware as to who in the company is running the social media on behalf of the company and monitoring the content that’s going out, making sure it all gets approved by a second pair of eyes. Provide some guidelines about what can and can’t be said and if something you are posting has a risk of facing backlash, it might be best to approach it another way.

The security of your online usage should be considered a top priority and it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the changes in security and navigating the online world safely.

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