I AM A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER–DOES CYBER SECURITY AFFECT ME? YES–IT MOST CERTAINLY DOES!
In order to safeguard the information you obtain and store, you need to assess your risk and evaluate what you should be aware of to reduce the risk.
There are practices and measures that every business can implement. This is not a comprehensive list and some businesses have more complex needs, but this is a beginning.
Technology Inventory–Computer, Laptop, Email, Wi-Fi-Router, Firewall, Social Media/Networking, Website, Mobile Devices, Copiers/Printer/Fax Machines, Cloud Solutions & USB. Each of these items come with a security risk due to the fact they are connected to the Internet and interact with other devices.
Passwords–Passwords are the most common defense against unauthorized access to computers and systems. To make them as effective as possible try these tips. Include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Use a long phrase and use a different password for each different account. DON’T use personal information as part of your password. DON’T store your password on a paper close to your computer. DON’T share your password with anyone!
These tips are basic, but very important and can help you keep your information safe whether you are a small business owner or when handling your personal business!