Hackers aren’t shy about aiming for small businesses. They already know many of these businesses are vulnerable to cyber crimes. It’s not exceedingly difficult for smart hackers to break into the credit-card accounts or bank accounts of small businesses. Many have no difficulty accessing employee data such as their Social Security numbers. Fortunately, small business owners do have a tool to use against cyber criminals: common sense. Entrepreneur Magazine recently ran a feature story providing tips for small business owners who want to protect their companies from hackers. Below are a few suggestions from the story.
Encrypt your Data
Make certain the full-disk encryption tools on your company’s computers are turned on. When they are, these tools encrypt every file or program stored on your computers’ drives. This is important because hackers would rather go after easy targets. When they realize that your company’s key data are encrypted, they will often move on looking for easier targets. On Macintosh computers, the encryption tool is named FileVault. On Windows-based machines, the tool is called BitLocker.
According to the Entrepreneur story, many cyber criminals first break into businesses to steal their computer equipment, especially laptops. Once they have these devices, they can often hack into a business’ computer systems. That’s why it’s important for your employees to take advantage of their computers’ Kensington lock port, the small metal loop attached to most computers and laptops. Users can run cables through these loops to secure their laptop computers to their desks. This sounds strange, but many criminals will see secured laptops and leave them. They don’t want to spend any extra time during their break-ins.
Wi-Fi networks are often vulnerable to hackers. That’s why Entrepreneur Magazine suggests that businesses depend on wired networks instead. But if your business absolutely needs a Wi-Fi network, make sure to safeguard it using a difficult password. Entrepreneur Magazine recommends a password comprised of letters, numbers and symbols. Record this password and hide it in a safe or other secure spot.
Posted on: 06.13.14