5 Basic Network Security Tips for Small Businesses

5 Basic Network Security Tips for Small Businesses

Statistics released by Symantec in 2016 placed all the cyberattacks on small businesses at 43%, which basically means that nearly half of all cyber attacks are targeted at small businesses. Your business could become a victim anytime soon because cyber criminals understand that keeping the security of small business data is something that never ranks so high up on the priority of many business owners.

However, the following tips can come in handy when you need to secure the network security of your small business.

Use a VPN

When accessing sensitive information on your small business over a public or unsecured network, a virtual private network might be an excellent idea. VPN works by hiding your IP address as well as your passwords and browsing history. And in case you are browsing in a public place where VPN is not supported, always remember to clear all browsing history and active logins for extra security.

Also, always insist on the paid versions of VPNs as the free versions may not be so realistic. And keep an eye on sites that frown upon the use of VPN such as PayPal and other sensitive state websites and instead, do not use the VPN to access them but use other data security methods when doing so.

Use Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is one of the most important tips for keeping your network security secure. In this method, you are supposed to provide two means of identification where one is normally a physical means such as a card and the other one a memorized one such as a security code.

This is especially essential when you are operating in a cloud as without it, other users could possibly hijack your credentials and use it to compromise the security of your business. Also, remember not to keep your outdated versions exposed or entrust your security details to the cloud provider.

Keep Software Updated

Outdated software could act as a soft target for cyber criminals so always remember to update your software. One software that normally requires constant updating is the anti-virus programs but your OS, inventory tracking software and web content management software are just other software that need to be updated on regular basis.

Always be on the lookout for newer software versions and update your existing versions because the older versions could have loopholes that criminals use to compromise their efficiency. Should you be using older computer systems that do not support newer software versions, you could upgrade or even update your drivers and hardware to ensure they are compatible.

Safeguard Your WiFi

Shared Wi-Fi is one of the most dangerous access routes that cybercriminals use to compromise the security of small businesses so at all cost, remember to safeguard it. One of the best ways to do that is use a firewall where all data going through the network is encrypted.

Additionally, your router should always have a password that is only known to your employees and also try to hide your Wi-Fi from being visible to third parties. At times, you may want to have a network service accessible to your clients or other people and should this be the case, it is important to create a network specifically for that purpose.

Educate Your Employees

The best way to make all the points explained above work is to have a staff that understands the implications of cyber attacks so always ensure you educate your employees on the same.

Come up with general security guidelines to be followed, especially with regards to sharing of sensitive log-in information such as Wi-Fi passwords.

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