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Top 5 Cyber Security Tips to Keep Your Small Business Safe

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cyberIt can happen to any of us. In fact, it often does–and never at a convenient time. Hackers are working around the clock to infest millions of websites. So how do you keep your small business safe on the internet?

Here are the top 5 security tips to keep your company safe in an increasingly paperless world.

    1. Protect information, computers, and networks. As annoying as all those “updates available” pop-ups can be in the middle of your work day, making sure you have the latest version of all browsers and security software will keep your computers running properly and protect you from cyber security threats.
    2. Make backup copies of all business data and information. All of your important data such as word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, financial records, and human resource files should be backed up either on a removable device or in the cloud. It is best to backup data automatically if possible, or at least do so weekly.
    3. Protect passwords. Require employees to use unique passwords and change them every 3-6 months. Do not store your passwords on a word document, but rather, write them down and keep them in a locked desk drawer or other safe place. If password security has been an issue for your business before, consider implementing another level of authentication that requires additional information beyond a password to gain access to important company information.
    4. Take measures to secure mobile devices. Mobile devices often create cyber security challenges, especially for small businesses. If employees regularly access any company information on their phones or tablets, require passwords to protect their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps to prevent information from being stolen.
    5. Keep payment card information safe. Perhaps the only thing worse than a cyber security threat on your company information is for a hacker to gain access to your credit card and financial information as well. Work with your bank to ensure the most trusted and validated anti-fraud services are being used. Isolate payment systems from other, less secure programs and don’t use the same computer to process payments and surf the Internet.

All small businesses need a cyber security strategy to protect their own business, their small business bookkeeping, their customers, and their data from growing cyber security threats; and, unfortunately, all companies are at risk. Protect your company by using these best cyber security practices.

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton is the founder of Mazuma USA, an accounting firm providing tax, bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses. Since founding Mazuma, Ben has established himself as an expert in the small business world. He’s still driven by that same desire to provide accounting help to all small businesses – from photographers, bloggers and creatives to lawyers, doctors, and dentists, everyone needs affordable accounting help. Ben is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. But Ben considers his greatest achievement and credential to be his happy wife and four children.

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