Thursday, July 2, 2015

Three No-Cost Tips for Securing Your Small Business Data

Confidential data keeps your small business going. It includes customer credit card numbers and contact information, employee Social Security numbers and pay rates, and vendor contracts and discounts. You already protect this information with a firewall and anti-virus software. You can also use the following no-cost tips to secure your small business data.
  • Hide your screens. If your computer displays face a public hall then anybody passing by can see what you're typing in. If they face a window, then someone in the next building can spy on your entries with a pair of binoculars. Turn your screens so they face a blank wall or partition, and remain visible only to the person using them.
  • Avoid logins with free WiFi. The free Internet access available at coffee shops, libraries, and public transportation make it convenient for you to run your business away from the office. But because such access is not secured, any hacker can spy on what you're typing in. Avoid any websites that require logins, such as your email provider, company database, or bank site. If hackers do spy on you, they'll only see publicly available information.
  • Lock old technology. When you upgrade your laptops, smartphone, or tablets, what happens to the old devices. Do you just keep them on a top shelf or unlocked drawer so they're out of the way? Would you even miss them if someone steals them and their data? Always lock up unused devices in a cabinet, preferably in a locked room. If you decide to donate the technology to worthy charities, be sure and wipe out their memories first using commercially available data destruction programs or services.
For more ways to secure your small business data, please contact us.
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