Do you own a business? Is your server and accounts secure? Here are 5 ways on how your small business can stay safe online.
Use Antivirus Software
There is lots of anti-virus software available from Amazon, Tesco, Currys and other online stores that you can purchase for under £50. Norton, Kaspersky and McAfee are the most popular. However, this doesn’t mean that your computer is completely safe because antivirus software is only as strong as its last virus and with more and more people trying to use scams such as malware, as the viruses get stronger the software needs to be better.
You can also use Windows Defender or Mac Defender which are free to use.
Clear your cache daily
Make sure that you clear your history at least once a day and never save any passwords in the cache because if someone hacks your computer, they will be able to log into your personal accounts which could include information on bank accounts, purchases and personal information about yourself.
I never save passwords on my computers and I always clear the history on a daily basis.
There is a free version of CCleaner that you can use. I now use the middle version which cleans the machine better. CCleaner offers three options, the free version, the Professional version which is priced at £19.95 but I got this option for £15.95 on offer. The CCleaner Professional Plus is the most expensive option priced at £29.95.
The CCleaner Professional offers extra such as Real-time Monitoring, Scheduled Cleaning, Automatic Updates and Premium Support and the
You can download free trial versions of CCleaner and the CCleaner Professional.
Keep your social media accounts private
Always make sure that you keep your social media accounts private and if you are a business ensure that your accounts are hack free. It’s impossible to keep accounts completely hack free, especially if you are a business and keep your accounts open to the public; however, you can put provisions and tools in place to stop this from happening such as Logdog or LastPass.
I will talk more about social media tools which will help businesses stay safe online in next week’s article.
Don’t share your passwords with anyone
Never tell anyone or write down your passwords on anything that your work colleagues can get hold of. Don’t even save them on your mobile phone or your computer. The safest way to keep your passwords safe is to keep it in your head. However, if you are someone who forgets passwords quickly, keep them somewhere safe where no one else has got access. If staff need access to business accounts make sure you change your passwords when a member of staff leaves the business.
Do not open email from unknown sources
Last week I received two fake emails from a source pretending to be Apple and saying that my Apple ID would be compromised if I didn’t confirm my account details. Straight away I thought this email was a hoax because two of my email accounts received the same email and Apple usually addresses the email to your name, and this email says “Dear Customer”. Receiving these fake Apple emails made me think about people who are not so aware of this and can be duped into thinking that Apple sent the emails. Young children, teenagers, elderly pensioners as well as middle-aged very smart people have probably opened or almost been tempted to open due to not being aware of online dangers and scams.
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