As a business owner, it is integral that your company’s records, trade secrets, as well as marketing data and information is protected from unauthorized access. This not only helps with keeping your products and services different from that of your competitors, but also protects the privacy of your customers and clients.
A loss in important information can lead to legal issues, unsatisfied individuals, as well as revenue loss. In addition, the inability to protect a business online from nefarious security breaches can have consequences in customer trust and investments from key individuals.
That’s why in this post, the Find Your Audience team has provided several pieces of advice on how you can secure and protect your business online.
Create strong passwords
Strong passwords that are different from each other may seem as an inconvenience to some, however, they can protect your business online in the long run. This is because if an individual manages to breach into one account, they would have a difficult time accessing other accounts due to the use of different passwords.
Enable two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication involves extra layers of security that ensures the individual who wishes to retrieve information is permitted to access the account or database in the first place. This mechanism can encompass asking a user for the answer to security questions, confirming the login via a text message to their mobile device, or even asking for a biometric confirmation such as a fingerprint or face scan.
Secure your business smartphone
While it may be tempting to download a plethora of applications and play mobile games, a business smartphone should be secure. This is because there are applications that require access to an individual’s location, image gallery, as well as other mobile phone data. While some applications require such information in order to function in and of itself, it’s always a good idea to read the fine print and ask oneself why an application would need access to certain aspects of a cellphone in the first place.
Wipe the hard drives of old computers
If a business is getting an upgrade in terms of new computers and laptops, then it is integral to wipe the old hard drives of any valuable business information. Think about saved documents containing passwords, trade secrets, or meeting notes. These items should not be in the hands of parties outside of the business and office. Information such as this can be stored in a USB drive and be uploaded into the new equipment in order to prevent data and identity theft.
Securing vital business information is paramount to protecting your business online. In addition to this set of advice, it is also important to remember that having a secure website is another step in the right direction. This goes for businesses who conduct ecommerce, as well as companies that deal with heavy web traffic on a daily basis.
Whichever the case, the Find Your Audience team is here to help keep your business safe and secure online. For more information on how to do so, as well as the best policies to create surrounding current and previous employees, contact either 647-479-0688 or email@example.com.