4 CyberSecurity Tips to Keep Your Business Safe
As attacks become more sophisticated and cybercriminals target small businesses more frequently, it’s more important than ever to take steps to safeguard your company’s data.
From recognizing and reporting phishing attempts to using strong passwords and enabling multi-factor authentication, there are a number of action steps you can take to help protect your business from cybersecurity threats.
Here are 4 cybersecurity tips that can help you do just that:
Cybersecurity Tip #1: Think Before You Click
One of the most important things you can do to protect your business from cybersecurity threats is to think before you click. If you receive an email or see a message online that looks suspicious, don’t click on any links or attachments.
Phishing is a type of cyberattack that uses fraudulent emails or websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial information.
Recognizing and reporting phishing attempts can help protect yourself and your business from becoming a victim of cybercrime.
If you are not sure if an email is legitimate, contact the sender directly to verify before taking any action. You can also report the email phishing attempt to the proper authorities so they can investigate and take action as necessary.
Cybersecurity Tip #2: Ensure Your Software Is Up-To-Date
One of the easiest ways to protect your business from a cyberattack is also one of the most often overlooked: keeping your software up-to-date. Operating systems, web browsers, and applications are constantly releasing new security patches to address the latest threats, so it’s important to install these updates as soon as they’re available.
Keeping your software up-to-date is a crucial step in protecting your business from cybersecurity threats. Hackers are constantly finding new ways to exploit security vulnerabilities, so it’s important to make sure your software is up-to-date with the latest security patches. Outdated software is one of the most common ways hackers gain access to business networks, so this is an area you definitely don’t want to neglect.
Cybersecurity Tip #3: Use Strong Passwords
Using strong passwords is another essential cybersecurity best practice. A strong password is at least 8 characters long and includes a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Using strong passwords helps protect your accounts from being hacked. It’s also important to never use the same password for more than one account. If a hacker gains access to one of your passwords, they will try using that same password to log into your other accounts.
If it’s difficult for you to remember all your different passwords, consider using a password manager like LastPass or 1Password. These tools will generate strong passwords for you and store them securely so you only have to remember one master password.
Cybersecurity Tip #4: Enable Multi-Factor Authentication
Enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) is our final cybersecurity tip to help secure your business online. MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide two or more pieces of evidence (or “factors”) when logging into an account. The most common type of multi-factor authentication is two-factor authentication (2FA), which combines something the user knows (like a password) with something the user has (like a code generated by their phone).
When two-factor authentication is enabled, even if hackers obtain your password, they won’t be able to log into your account unless they also have your phone in their possession. Enabling multi-factor authentication can go a long way in protecting your business from being hacked. You can enable multi-factor authentication on many popular online services like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox.
As we all become more reliant on technology for work and personal activities, it’s more important than ever to be aware of cybersecurity threats and take steps to protect ourselves – and our businesses – from them.
This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, take some time to review your business’s cybersecurity posture and make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect yourself.
By following the 4 Cybersecurity Tips listed above – thinking before you click, keeping your software up-to-date, using strong passwords, and enabling multi-factor authentication – you can help reduce the risk of falling victim to a cyberattack.
At Castle Technology Partners we believe your business technology should work for you, not against you – especially when your business and livelihood are potentially at risk. We offer a number of network security solutions to ensure your castle is always protected.