“An incredible 65,000 attempts to hack small to medium-sized businesses are made in the UK every single day. Of these, approximately 4,500 are successful. This means that 1.6 million SMBs fall victim to cybercrime every single year.”
The Uk Domain by Nominet (https://www.theukdomain.uk/get-online/cyber-security-for-smes/)
With thousands of high-profile hacks, ransomware and data breaches you need to make sure you’ve covered all your digital security bases. Don’t think that your company is too small or too new to attract the attention of cyber attackers. Small businesses are just as likely, if not more to be targeted by hackers.
As small business owners this can give us sleepless nights, but the good news is that you can take some simple steps that will go a long way to protecting your digital assets:
1.Change the way you interact with technology
Do you cleverly hide a password under their keyboard on a post-it note? Do you never log out and just shut your laptop? Do you leave your computer on and unlocked while you grab a cuppa?
If you answered yes to ANY of these questions, this can lead to someone gaining access to your computer, especially when you add in working in a remote environment e.g. café or shared workspace.
Here are my top tips for improving the way you interact with technology:
2. Get to know how website security works
The majority of business will use a website or website platform. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with these four key areas of a website:
3. Be proactive, not reactive to digital security threats
You’ve been hacked, what do you do?
It’s best to be proactive and have a plan in place before this happens, so start today. Build relationships with professionals who can look after your site before you need them for an emergency. You should identify a trusted clean-up service before you need it. That could be your usual web maintenance person. If you can afford it, go for their monthly option and maintain your site well. Don’t forget about insurance – think about what would a big liability payout do to your business if your clients were let down?
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