Small Business Information Security

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 This article is part of the WWW 101 Series which provides an introduction to small business websites.


How to protect your small business information

The 2014 Heartbleed virus was a good reminder of the importance of having a small business information security plan. If you are not sure what you need, here’s a quick overview to get started.

Install and maintain firewall and antivirus software

Ensure your computers have current firewall and antivirus software. If you have a network, ask your network administrator to confirm that your network is secure.

Restrict access to your small business systems

Username and password: Use strong usernames and passwords with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols that are hard to guess. For username, don’t use admin or test, especially on a WordPress website.

Access: Don’t share you logins with employees. Restrict access to customer and financial information to only those who need it for their work. When employees leave, immediately disable their account on all systems.

Public Wi Fi: Be mindful when you are relaxing at the coffee shop and getting a few things done. Don’t login to secure systems on unsecured wi fi networks.

Backup all small business data

I’ve said it before because it is so important – backup all of your data! This includes your laptop, information systems, website, and smartphone – everything. Here are some of my preferred backup options.

Minimize risk in the event of theft or loss

If you left your laptop on the airplane or your phone was stolen, would anyone be able to turn it on and access your information? Make it hard for others to use your devices by making access by login only – and set strong passwords. For extra smart phone protection, install a program that lets you disable the phone if lost or stolen, and contact your cell carrier immediately to report a theft.


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