Hackers can be a serious threat, especially for businesses both big and small. Some hackers are even capable of stealing information from computers and servers. No matter what you do, they keep coming back and relentlessly pursuing the data and sensitive information from middle-market businesses.
The COVID-19 pandemic also altered the middle market’s threat landscape, creating rapid large-scale cyber-attacks because of the increased risk of having employees work from home.
The best thing you can do is follow these tips to protect your information and your computer data from criminals.
Create a Strategy
Set up a good strategy. Be sure to detail it as much as possible. In the process list the steps that you will take to protect your data. With this strategy, you should also list out what you will do when things go bad and you do get hacked. Having an incident response list is a great way to get control of your data as quickly as you can.
Malicious software is a big problem that can cause a huge amount of damage to your business. Protect your computer system by keeping malware away from your system and preventing it from infecting unprotected devices or computers.
Use a Router Firewall
It may be the first line of defense for your business network. It acts as a guard to stop unwanted traffic from getting in and information from getting out.
Use Anti-Spam Software
One of the biggest risks in today’s workplace is having your email inbox filled with unwanted emails. Some spam emails can contain harmful files and links that can compromise your company’s security. It is important that employees understand how to identify and avoid dangerous emails.
It’s important to safeguard your passwords. Why? Well, you want to protect yourself from having someone steal your personal information and then use it for their own nefarious purposes, right? For this reason, you must keep them secure.
Simple passwords are just not enough these days. You should consider using a combination of letters (upper and lowercase), numbers, symbols, and also words unrelated to what you’re doing online.
Keep Software Updated
Updating software regularly is vital to keep your company’s data secure. Hackers love to scan thousands of networks at once to look for software vulnerabilities to try to run their malware. Make sure to place your update process on an automatic update process. Data quality monitoring can also help to keep everything in tip-top shape and prevent the information from being hacked. By minimizing blind spots within your business, you can ensure that your data remains secure for a long time.
Dispose of Data Correctly
If you’ve got unused computers and devices lying around your office, chances are good that they still have sensitive data on them. Clear the data from these old devices with erasing software before retiring or reusing them to make sure that no one inadvertently gains access to it!
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan