Important Security Measures for Your Small Business

By: Dan Radak

Perhaps one of the most dust raising security breach in 2015 was the hack of the adult dating site – Ashley Madison. It was advertised as an affair matchmaking website. The profiles and the data were stolen and sold on the dark Internet. Moreover, a lot of it was publically displayed. If something like that can happen to a successful online business, like a dating site that is based on the privacy, then you seriously need to think twice about the security of your data. Here are some of the ways of protection that you need to implement if you haven’t already.

Backup Options
The first thing that needs to be done is to save your data. The importance of backup can never be overstressed. You can opt for some physical data storage options. If you want something more serious as your backup plan for a business, stay clear of the regular USB sticks. That’s just not enough. You need to have at least and SSD. That is short for a Solid State Drive. They are small and fast and more durable than hard drives. However, there is always the option of the cloud storage system. While free of charge options can be enough for personal use, you need to check out paid cloud storage options for your business. 

Efficient Data Recovery
Once the damage is done, you need to make sure that you save what can be saved. For this worst case scenario, you need some data recovery software at your hand. The best way to go about this is to do your research and read valuable online software reviews. That is the surest way to find the data recovery software that can really meet your needs and prove its value if something happens.

Strong Firewalls
Besides the inside malfunctions, your hardware breaking down or other things that can happen within your company, the threats can come from the outside, as well. The first line of defense against these threats are the firewalls. If your have a network of computers and some of them are linked to the Internet, breaching into one of your computers can put the entire system in jeopardy. That is why it is important to have good firewall protection to fight off spyware and malware. 

Certificates
There are those certificates that ensure that every trace of your online activity is erased and cleared. However, a much more important safety certificate is about saving the privacy of your clients and customers. These certificates let your clients know that all the data that you collect when they visit your website will not be shared or sold to the third party. It is a very important security issue for many people.
 
Virtual Private Networks
These VPN services are what stands between your online privacy and the snoops that want to get your data. The best way to protect yourself while you are browsing online is to hide your info, data and browsing habits from the hackers and render yourself an unimportant target. That is exactly what VPNs provide you with. Online banking, data transports and everything else will go through encrypted channels, which means it will be as safe as possible when it comes to online business. It is important that your VPN covers all the mobile devices that you use, as well.

Keeping your data and privacy online secure is becoming bigger and bigger issue every day. However, as much as the hackers are trying to find new ways to breach your security, legitimate IT experts find new ways to close those security ‘holes’ with their updates. 

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Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.

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