Think your small business is safe from cyber criminals? Rethink it. Most small businesses are surprisingly vulnerable to hackers. It’s relatively simple for savvy cyber criminals to hack into your business’ Wi-Fi account, for example. From there, it’s easy for cyber criminals to steal your company’s data and funds. Luckily for us, Entrepreneur Magazine recently ran a story offering tips for small business owners who wish to protect their companies from hackers. The good news? Thwarting cyber crimes sometimes requires the easiest of steps.
Encrypt your Data
Make sure the full-disk encryption tools on your company’s computers are turned on. When they are, these tools encrypt every file or program stored on your computers’ drives. This is significant because hackers would prefer to go after easy targets. Once they realize that your company’s key data are encrypted, they may move on in search of easier targets. On Macintosh computers, the encryption tool is named FileVault. On Windows-based machines, the tool is called BitLocker.
Lock it Down
According to the Entrepreneur story, many cyber criminals first break into businesses to steal their computer equipment, especially laptops. After they have these devices, they can often hack into a business’ computer systems. That’s why it’s important for your employees to take advantage of their computers’ Kensington lock port, the small metal loop attached to most computers and laptops. Users can run cables through these loops to secure their laptop computers to their desks. This sounds strange, but many criminals will spot secured laptops and leave them. They don’t want to spend any extra time during their break-ins.
Many hackers break into the Wi-Fi networks run by businesses. That’s why it’s important for businesses to safeguard these networks with passwords that are very unlikely for hackers to crack, typically long codes featuring numbers, symbols and letters. Of course, such passwords are difficult for you to remember, too. Solve the problem by writing down your passwords and keeping them in a locked safe or other secure location.