You might think that only big businesses need to worry about cybersecurity. But the fact is, small businesses are often a target for hackers.
The reason why cybercriminals like small businesses is because the owners often don’t think they have anything of value worth stealing; as a result, they’re often unprepared for cyberattacks.
Research has found that 43% of cyberattacks target small businesses – and that about 60% of the victims go out of business within six months of an attack.
Here are five useful tips for small businesses when it comes to website security:
- Regularly update your content management system (CMS) versions and plugins. Newer versions are more secure than older versions (and also offer better functions and features).
- Install a web application firewall (WAF) to protect your website from malicious files. A firewall is a useful tool, especially for small businesses that offer products and services over the internet.
- Change your login details every three months. Use a combination of letters and different characters when creating passwords and usernames.
- Use SSL (secure sockets layer) protocol to secure data on transit, particularly where personal user details are concerned. SSL works by encrypting data being sent and received between computers.
- Regularly back up all your computers. You should make the backup process automatic, and store the data either offsite or in the cloud. Many small businesses are now storing critical data in the cloud and still have a data backup on an offsite hard drive.
Just because your business is small, don’t think it doesn’t contain information that wouldn’t be desirable to hackers.
Personal information is valuable, because it can be sold to third parties or compiled with other data to steal your identity.
Protect yourself accordingly.