With the recent technological advancements and as the number of online consumers continue to multiply, businesses have been forced to go online. And as businesses scramble to tap into the lucrative online market, a new breed of tech-savvy unscrupulous hackers has emerged.
Businesses are now a major target of cybercriminals. Millions of dollars are lost annually to hackers. It is the sole reason why large enterprises hire high-tech professionals to protect their businesses from these attacks.
What about small businesses and start-ups that do not have financial capabilities to hire these experts?
In this article, we are going to highlight various tips on how to keep their data and those of their customers safe online.
Let’s delve into specifics
- Install security applications
There are various security applications small businesses can invest in to make it harder for hackers to access crucial data.
For instance, entrepreneurs can install Magento 2 admin log to tighten store security. Through it, entrepreneurs are granted full visibility of all changes made in the admin panel as well as get notifications on any unauthorized login attempts. It also gives a business owner the power to terminate any unauthorized sessions where necessary immediately.
By implementing this and more security applications, entrepreneurs can rest easy knowing their data, and that of their customers is secured
- Tighten network security
The security of a business online is as strong as its weakest link. Some of the things to implement to ensure your network security is tight include:
- Making sure that logins expire after a specific duration of inactivity
- Frequently changing passwords
- Making sure passwords are strong by using a combination of numbers, letters, as well as special characters.
- Ensuring all devices plugged onto the system are scanned to make sure they do not contain viruses or other malware.
- Educating employees
In a physical office, employees make sure that all machines are switched off, doors and windows are properly secured before leaving the office. These are security measures put in place to minimize the risk of break-ins.
The same should be done for your e-commerce business. Well, not closing doors and windows but ensuring your employees are being safe online and practicing a few daily habits that keep hackers at bay.
To minimize the chances of being a victim of cybercrime, you need to have clear directives on what is acceptable and what is prohibited in terms of online activities. Also, ask your employees not to open e-mail attachments that are not associated with the business.
Also, make sure they have antimalware and antivirus software installed on their computers.
- Encrypt customer data
Another security measure to implement is encrypting customer data. The reason being, hackers are particularly keen to look for opportunities to access customer personal and financial data.
As such, it is only wise to ensure customer data is encrypted to make sure hackers do not get access to such crucial information as the consequences are catastrophic.
All in all, the importance of securing your business against hackers cannot be downplayed. Apart from securing important information, it prevents the business from suffering significant financial losses.