In a world where businesses rely on technology for everyday functions, it seems nobody is immune to viruses, hackers and IT failures. Many small businesses overlook the importance of IT security and do not have a specific budget set aside to allocate towards security. However, dealing with an issue once its occurred can cost a company far more than prevention. So what should small businesses do to keep their network secure?
- Password changes that are not intuitive
The National Cyber Security Alliance advises using hard to guess passwords that are 8 characters long with a mix of upper and lower case. This should be changed every three months and kept as confidential as possible.
- Anti-virus software
It is essential to have an effective anti-virus software that can be updated regularly or preferably automatically update itself. With new viruses created every day, it is important that your software will protect against the latest threats.
Firewalls provide protection from unauthorised data on the internet while letting “good” data reach you. It fundamentally creates a barrier between your computer and the world. There are two types of firewalls: software and hardware. Software firewalls run on one individual computer while hardware firewalls protect several computers. The size and needs of your business will determine which firewall suits you.
- Email anti-virus
There are two types of email viruses: those that enable you to open the email attachment, and those that run automatically regardless of an attachment. An email anti-virus will stop incoming messages with viruses in their tracks.
- Spam filters
Spam emails can sometimes inundate your mailbox, leaving you flooded with messages you would not usually choose to receive. A spam filters helps separate legitimate and unsolicited emails. Sometimes other messages can end up in spam so it is important to check the folder regularly.
- Anti-spyware technology
Spyware is defined as “any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organisation without their knowledge”. It can give advertisers information about your web surfing habits so they can target you for particular products. Anti-spyware software disables this spyware so you can regain your privacy.
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