In the digital world, an SMB can simply be financially ruined with the help viruses, spyware, and ransomware spread by hackers. So, for such businesses, computer protection plays an equally important role on par with accounting and marketing.
For this reason, Cybersecurity Insiders is offering some simple tips to help businesses protect themselves from ever-evolving viruses, malware such as ransomware and spyware.
Rely on a reputable Anti-Virus solution- Always rely on a reputable Anti-Virus solution as it helps to keep your system and network updated with the latest cyber threats. Watch out for notifications which suddenly pop-up as they could be a virus. Stay away from anti-virus solutions which are being offered by Russian firms as they can be turned into espionage tools anytime.
Install Firewalls- Building a firewall for your network will help protect your enterprise network from computers from harmful viruses, worms, and Phishing emails.
Keep a check on Web traffic- Use a software which keeps a tab on the network traffic which comes and goes to the outside world. Allow only trusted employees to access data and keep the web access ‘password’ protected.
Data Encryption- Using data protection solutions such as encryption do help while protecting sensitive data such as credit card info, details of employees, and social security numbers. Also, configure computers to log off state after 10 minutes of inactivity.
Wi-Fi Networks should be locked- Always disable the Service Set Identifier(SSID) broadcasting function so as to limit the access of the router only to employees. Also, this helps in keeping Wi-Fi hackers at bay.
Backup Files- Keeping a timely backup of all your digital files and folders helps at the time of disaster recovery. This procedure not only proves helpful as a business continuity plan but also helps if in case your main server is hit by ransomware.
Never share Passwords- Never use or share passwords via emails, messages or phone. Not even Whatsapp or any other networking site. Change all your web services account passwords on a periodic note.
Usage of Trusted Websites- Always use websites which offer Trust certificates. This implies to banking and online shopping websites as well. Look for HTTPS at the web address and on every page.
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