5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Business’s Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity has evolved from a rare occasion into a pressing issue many businesses face. (Image: Anyaberkut via Dreamstime)

Unfortunate things happen when you least expect them to. Learn how to upgrade your cybersecurity by following a few simple tips.

Cybersecurity has evolved from a rare occasion into a pressing issue many businesses face. As most aspects of the company get moved online, it’s essential to protect physically and virtually.

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Many business owners struggle with providing the basic cybersecurity parameters for keeping their company safe from initial attacks. With hackers evolving, it’s essential to have non-negotiables in the business to prevent specific attacks.

The problem with cybersecurity is that there are a lot of offerings out there that claim to have the best, but some of them aren’t technically needed. So let’s check out some basic steps to improve your business’s cybersecurity.

Why is cybersecurity so critical?

Solid cybersecurity allows you to move your business into the digital world even more. Being able to digitalize certain aspects of your business would provide you with advantages like automation, convenience, and efficiency.

To unlock those advantages, you should ensure your business is safe from cyberattacks by employing the proper cybersecurity methods and tools.

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A VPN helps you by hiding your IP address, which is considered one of the first steps to upgrading your cybersecurity. (Image: Spaxia via Dreamstime)

How to improve your cybersecurity

Certain practices can be followed to improve your business’s cybersecurity. These methods don’t have to be expensive, but some take a little time to get used to.

1. Follow password rules

The first rule of passwords is don’t share your password. Unfortunately, this is a common mistake where an employee will share their password or save it on an unprotected device.

There are different ways to improve password security, such as using a password manager or updating the password periodically. Periodic password updates have proven to be an effective way to increase security.

2. Get regular updates

The reason why tools, apps, and browsers release updates is not just to add new features; it is also to deal with previous vulnerabilities. So whenever a problem is spotted, the best thing a platform could do is to release an update to fix it.

Whenever companies choose not to update their tools, they risk leaving the vulnerability open for exploitation. So, upgrade the devices, apps, browsers, and other software you use consistently.

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As a general rule, never allow your employees to use company devices to access public WiFi. (Image: Nicoelnino via Dreamstime)

3. Use VPNs

A VPN helps you by hiding your IP address, which is considered one of the first steps to upgrading your cybersecurity.

Although VPNs might not protect you from sophisticated attacks, they still do a great job protecting you from generic ones. So the likelihood of you getting hit by a sophisticated attack is low, but the possibility of getting hit by a generic attack is very high.

4. Eliminate unused services

The more accounts, gadgets, products, and services you leave on, even if you don’t use them, the more vulnerable you make your business. So if old devices are lying around with saved passwords, make sure to delete the passwords and accounts.

Another thing you could do would be to delete the accounts and access of former employees. This would leave less room for exploitation, especially by unauthorized personnel.

5. Secure your WiFi network

When you get your WiFi, change the password and logins. As a general rule, never allow your employees to use company devices to access public WiFi.

It is recommended to provide two connections to protect your business—one for guests, outsourced workers, or temporary transactions and another for company employees.

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