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Written by Michael Plis. Your go-to source for smart technology & cybersecurity insights for small business. 

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Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business

Updated: 11 hours ago

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It's important to take this advice on as it may save you money, lives and stress.


This is a continuous list of tried and tested cybersecurity tips for small businesses around the world to help prevent cyber attacks.


For more advice and enhancement to your business Cybersecurity (IT Security) book a Cybersecurity support session today if you're a small business based in Australia. If your business is based overseas find a local IT or Cybersecurity provider to help.


Why are we sharing Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business?


It helps us all be aware and more secure by taking certain actions to prevent a disaster in the organisation. When everyone in the organisation is informed then there is less likely a chance that one person ends up being the cause of a major IT disaster.

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Tip #1: Don't install 3rd party apps before checking with IT

Scenario: If you are a staff member at a business and your colleague tells you about this cool app that does this, please always get IT to check whether the app is safe.


Prevents a Disaster:

  1. You install a software laced with a ransomware virus.

  2. This encrypts everything on your local computer and encrypts everything on company cloud storage shared drives like Sharepoint, OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box etc.

  3. Company is then out of action permanently or is crippled severely in service delivery.


What to do: So best advice is please don't install 3rd party apps from usb, email or websites before checking with IT. If you use Cyberkite for your IT, contact us to check the app before install and we will check the software in a number of ways and scan it for safety, then report back. This is especially true of free apps online as they sometimes come packaged with viruses or malware.


Tip #2: Avoid clicking on ads online, links in SMS or Email or on Websites.


Scenario: You get a link to do something via email but the email looks weird (badly formatted) or sender address is unrelated to the display name or when you hover over any links they show up as unrelated to that companies website.


Prevents a Disaster:

  1. You press on the link

  2. Installs a ransomware or other type of virus.

  3. This encrypts everything on your local computer and encrypts everything on company cloud storage shared drives like Sharepoint, OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box etc.

  4. Company is then out of action permanently or is crippled severely in service delivery.


What to do: DO NOT CLICK ANYTHING suspicious. Do not click any online ads becuase you don't know which ones are safe and which ones are not. Check the sender email and display name and hover ovver any links to check if they are form the sender or show up as strange website link. Never click it. Submit a request to Cyberkite to check the email and the link to see if its safe.


Tip #3: Educate Your Employees: Human Firewalls Against Cybercrime


Scenario: Employees are often the first line of defense against cyberattacks. Phishing emails, malicious websites, and social engineering tactics can trick even the most tech-savvy people.


What to do:


  • Regularly training your staff on cybersecurity best practices can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to these scams. If you're busy then book Cyberkite to help with that.

  • Training should cover topics like identifying phishing attempts, password security, and reporting suspicious activity.


Tip #4: Keep Software Up to Date: Patching the Gaps in Your Defenses


Scenario: Cybercriminals are constantly looking for new vulnerabilities in software. Software developers release patches to fix these vulnerabilities, but if you don't install them, your systems remain exposed.


How to do that:

  • Enable automatic updates whenever possible for operating systems, applications, and firmware. This ensures you have the latest security measures in place.

  • If you're busy then book Cyberkite to help with that.


Tip #5: Embrace Strong Passwords and Multi-Factor Authentication: Building a Fortress Around Your Data


Explanation: Weak passwords are easy to crack, leaving your data vulnerable. Enforce a strong password policy that requires employees to use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.


How to do that:

  • Consider a minimum password length of at least 14 characters (yes the length gets longer over time).

  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second verification step, like a code from your phone, when logging in to sensitive accounts.

  • If you're busy then book Cyberkite to help with that.


Tip #6: Back Up Your Data Regularly: Disaster Recovery for the Digital Age


Explanation: Cyberattacks can result in data loss.


How to do that?

  • Regularly backing up your critical data ensures you can recover it quickly in the event of an attack or other incident.

  • Consider a backup strategy that includes both local and cloud backups for added security.

  • If you're busy then book Cyberkite to help with setting this up.



Tip #7: Secure Your Wi-Fi Network: Keeping Your Business on a Private Line


Explanation: Public Wi-Fi networks are often unsecured, making them easy for hackers to intercept data.


How to do that?

  • For your business, use a strong password for your Wi-Fi network and consider implementing guest Wi-Fi that is separate from your main network.

  • This helps isolate any potential threats on the guest network from accessing your business data.

  • If you're busy then book Cyberkite to help with adjusting that.



More cybersecurity tips to come in the future.


Regards,


Michael Plis



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About Michael Plis

 

Michael is a technology and cybersecurity professional with over 18 years of experience. He offers unique insights into the benefits and potential risks of technology from a neurodivergent perspective. He believes that technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master. In his blog articles, Michael helps readers better understand and use technology in a beneficial way. He is also a strong supporter of mental health initiatives and advocates for creating business environments that promote good mental health.

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