What are the best cyber security tips for small businesses in the UK?

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In the digital age, most businesses have moved their operations almost completely, if not totally, online. While this is a great way to become more accessible and collaborative, this move has made cyber attacks among the greatest threats to businesses today. It’s easy to dismiss cybersecurity as something that won’t affect you or your business. However, this mindset doesn’t take into account the detrimental consequences of an attack. Costing you lost time and money, as well as compromising your reputation, the “this won’t affect me” mindset is not worth taking a few hours to simply evaluate your business’s cybersecurity. 

One of the easiest steps you can take to protect your business is by creating strong passwords. Using a strong password and changing it semi-regularly will ward off hackers as they will have a harder time getting into your systems. Using the same password across multiple platforms and may seem convenient, yet it opens a pathway for hackers to access not only your email, but other websites and resources containing sensitive information as well.

On top of using strong passwords, enabling multi-factor authentication ensures that the right people have access to your systems. Multi-factor authentication requires a second channel of verification after your password is typed in. This second channel may look like a texted code sent to your phone that you’ll have to type in correctly to be granted access. This tool makes sure the person trying to get into your account is actually you by first confirming through something you know (your password) and then verifying it through something you have (a phone).

This is a brilliant way to add an extra layer of protection to your systems, protecting crucial client data and information from getting into the wrong hands.

When you browse online, look out for the padlock/green URL bar on websites. This is a sign that you are connected to the real website you intend to visit and that the connection has not been interfered with by hackers. A general note of advice is to avoid opening emails or visiting websites that look suspicious.  Ensuring that your software is set up properly and configured correctly will also prevent your business functions from being interfered with by unwanted outsiders. Finally, the strongest measure you can take is backing up your information and data regularly to prevent any losses. These tips are quick and simple ways to save your business from the hassle of a cyber attack later on.

 

 

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