Dos and Don’ts of Cyber Security for Small Businesses and Individual Users

Cyber security is a frontline topic of discussion in business administration, which is more critical now for even smaller businesses. A study shows that SMEs are now the biggest target of hackers and ransomware attackers. When it comes to administering cybersecurity and internal security, small-scale business owners and administrators need to be very careful. It is easy to downplay the importance of cyber security, which may put you in deeper trouble in the longer run.

From the ground level up, it is important to ensure that proper cyber security strategies are there in place in order to avoid the scope of any vulnerabilities on your IT network. This article will discuss some of the major do’s and don’ts of Internet security, which you need to keep in mind while administering a small enterprise IT infrastructure.

One major trouble noted with many small businesses and individual users are that many of them are unaware of the need for cyber security and the possible scope of attacks and their ways. So, the fundamental need to create awareness about the cybersecurity risks and orient everyone on the best practices to avoid any possible threats.

Importance of cyber security

A recent study shows that almost 80% of the companies, even when they take measures to ensure cyber security, are constantly threatened by cyberattacks, ransomware, viruses, and malware. So, it is important that you update your antivirus software and firewalls to ensure optimum protection for your business computers and IT network. It is also important to provide enough insights and proper orientation to office computers users or those using their personal computers at work as BYOD.

Dos of cybersecurity

  • While you shop or banking or trying to pay your bills online, always check the website URL containing ‘HTTPS.’ Also, look for a padlock icon near the HTTPS, which indicates that the site you use is the site you use are on a secured.

 

  • While setting up your passwords, always try to go for hard-to-guess and unique passwords. Don’t try to use the same password for different accounts online. Create a unique password that has a mix of uppercase and lowercase alphabets and numbers, special characters, etc.

 

  • Try to use the primary email address of us to stay in touch with the people with whom you are closely acquainted and have a secondary email for the rest of the mail communications.

 

 

  • Try to avoid the use of any free or unsecured open Wi-Fi at shopping or at public stations. Even if you are using it, do not try to do any financial transactions or exchange personal information while at an open Wi-Fi.

 

  • Try to delete all the old accounts which you are not using anymore.

 

  • Before you try to download any free applications, do in-depth research to identify the reliability of the website, where it is hosted, and also make sure that the publisher is verified and reliable.

 

  • Try to access your bank’s website only by typing the URL manually and ensuring that it is correct. Never access it from an email or text message link. Never click on any of the links for the downloadable attachments from unidentifiable email sources. Even if these emails look like they are from a reliable source and genuine, be double sure before clicking on any such links.

 

  • Always keep a regular backup of all the important files and data. Doing this is very important that ransomware attacks are very common now. It is always recommended that you keep your files stored on an external hard drive as a backup and try to connect them to your PC as little as possible. Alternatively, you can also try to get a trusted cloud-based backup to be used when needed.

Don’ts of cybersecurity

  • Try to avoid making any type of personal information public on social media or other internet sites.

 

  • Before initiating the same, you should know of all the implications of sharing your personal information through any website.

 

  • Never check the ‘keep me logged’ option or other ‘remember me’ options that are offered by the websites and browsers. Even if you are giving permissions to a few on your personal computer, never do the same on public computers or public networks.

 

  • Never use your official email address for social media websites.

 

  • Don’t to any type of popup ads that may come up frequently on your screen. Just click close on the popup from task manager or press the alt + control + delete buttons.

 

  • Don’t visit any inappropriate websites of which you are not fully aware.

 

  • Once your use is over, log out of all the online accounts. This is important when you are using a public computer or while doing some banking transactions online.

 

  • Do not install any software on your computer that comes as an email attachment.

 

  • Avoid saving any of your debit card or credit card information on web browsers or websites.

 

  • Don’t share your bank details or personal information, even when a customer support agent or an online guy is genuine.

Conclusion

Even if you are genuinely taking care of all these measures, there is still a scope of your information being stolen from the online platforms, So always be careful not to click on any unwanted emails. Don’t go to any unsecured websites, which may leave a piece of malware code on your computer or lead you to some phishing attacks or so.

Always make sure that the firewall and antivirus software on your computers are up-to-date and functioning properly. Antivirus should also offer optimum protection against any type of latest malware or ransomware attacks. The primary thing you should be aware of is the possibility of cybercrimes and how to take necessary steps to ensure optimum internet security with best practices in place.

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