Cyber security for small businesses can be somewhat of a minefield with many not really understanding or ignoring the fact that the security of your website does matter.

Having protection in place on your website is essential for both the consumer and the small business to ensure you don’t suffer from potential breaches of privacy and hacking attempts.

Just as you wouldn’t think twice of securing a physical business premises such as a shop or office, it’s also important to ensure that your business website gets the same level of attention.

1.Invest In Expert Managed IT Services

As we’ve said before in previous blog posts, running a small business is time consuming and with the seemingly never ending list of ‘things to do’ growing it’s beneficial to outsource some tasks to the professionals.

Managed IT services are a great solution because they provide peace of mind that your website is being monitored and secured from potential threats along with important updates being carried out efficiently.

Your chosen IT company should also carry out regular maintenance on your website such as updating your website and monitoring login attempts.

2.Educate Your Business on Cyber Security

Whether it’s just yourself working for your business or you have a team of employees make sure you are knowledgeable when it comes to the basic security of your website and your business.

By training yourself or your staff you stand a better chance of deterring any security issues.

Topics within this should include:-

  • Creating strong passwords
  • How to recognise and action on a suspicious link within an email
  • Keeping control of your devices
  • Exit procedures when an employee leaves your company

3.Invest in an SSL certificate

An SSL certificate or secure sockets layers helps establish a secure connect between your customer and the server through a secure HTTPS connection.

Put simply it is a secure to transmit data securely and brings an extra level of security to your website.

One simple way to check if a website has a valid certificate installed is to look at the address bar when viewing the website.

A secure website will display a full padlock symbol, a website without an SSL certificate will show a broken padlock symbol.

With consumers becoming more aware when it comes to the security of their personal data and payment details installing an SSL certificate can add an extra layer of trust between the customer and your business.

4.Secure Wi-Fi Networks

If you have a wireless network in your workplace it needs to be protected properly. Change any default passwords promptly.

Ensure that passwords are strong and documentation containing these passwords are out of sight to prevent unauthorised users from gaining access to your network.

It’s also worth noting that wi-fi hotspots do not use encryption and provide no protection when on a public network so always make sure if you do connect to a hotspot whilst on the go, you are careful with the work you are doing whilst connected to any hotspots.

5.Hack Yourself

This may sound like a drastic move but one of the best methods for effective cyber security for small businesses to to test that everything is working as it should be in the event that your website does fall victim to online hackers.

Speak to an IT company who will perform an audit to seek out any vulnerabilities or weaknesses within your website.

From there you can then act on these issues yourself if you are experienced in this field or invest in the help of an IT company to carry out the work on your behalf.


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