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Protect Your Online Business
Cybercrime is a threat to anyone who promotes a business via the Internet. Every year businesses lose millions of dollars, the alarming increase of Fraud and Identity Theft being one of this cause. Unfortunately, at one time or another, nearly every business experiences one of these swindles.
In a random order here are some examples of who or what may threaten your business or your company's security: competitors, rogue employees, dissatisfied customers, internet attacks, viruses, misuse of network resources, and least but not last, chargebacks. In other words, there are two main types of threats :
Internal: employees' abuse of Internet privileges, espionage, lack of responsibility and vigilance, loss of employee productivity, etc.
External attacks: online fraud, domain infringement, plagiarism, website abuse, security violation, hackers, chargebacks, etc.
Beyond identifying any potential problem that may damage your business, you have to choose the suitable solution to protect it. Maintain awareness and vigilance to guard your business from theft, lack of professionalism and negligence.
Here are some major steps to follow in order to prevent and protect your business:
- Identify your business sectors that require protection:
- ideas. Protect your ideas from prying eyes that may steal, use and put them on practice before you do. Do not forget: ideas and innovations are vital for your business's future.
- sensitive documents - the recipe of your success.
- Choose the appropriate solutions to guard your critical information against potential loss and in the same time to offer you stability and high-speed recovery in the event of a disruption.
How to Protect Your Business
Tips for Managers
Protect your sensitive data from employees. According to statistics, companies' loss of capital and information is caused most of the times by employees' ignorance and lack of education.
- Recruit highly qualified, skilful and motivated system engineers.
- Train your staff on security measures.
- Regularly evaluate your personnel relying on: professionalism, reliability and vigilance.
- Implement and maintain a good security policy. Set out basic rules for your employees to be followed, such as: do not open email attachments from unknown sources, and have them sign the rules. Do not forget: to make mistakes is human, but it is up to you to establish before hand what mistakes are allowed and forgiven, and what are the consequences of your employees' acts.
- Ensure that all your employees follow security measures.
- Make sure that only authorized and reliable employees have access to your sensitive data.
- Forbid your employees to take home confidential documents.
- Make sure that all your employees are aware of their responsibilities.
Secure Data and PCs
- Encrypt sensitive information using advanced encrypting system. This makes the transformation of your sensitive information unintelligible for prying eyes.
- Back up all your information on CDs and DVDs.
- Keep your backup information in a secure, fire-proof location, away from your PC(s) systems. In case something unexpected should happen that might damage your data, such as a fire or a computer virus, you have the certainty that your sensitive information is saved somewhere else.
- Secure all your computers. Password protect your PCs, files and programs. Do not use easily detectable passwords, memorize them, and regularly change them.
- Install a firewall to block unauthorized access to computers and regularly update it.
- Install antivirus software and keep it update. Check with software vendors to see if you have the latest up to date versions.
- Use software that provides an automatic updating feature and make sure you turn it on. Usually this will automatically explore your website for new updates and then download and automatically install them whenever you are online.
- Install anti spam filters to detect and stop unwanted emails.
- Use monitoring and intrusion detecting systems to provide efficiently, in time warning and prevention.
- Use email filtering and attachment blocking software.
- Use a delete software. Remember to delete all the information stored on your computer in case you want to sell or donate your PCs.
- Encrypt the source of your Order page to prevent users from knowing your download location.
- Do not use regular and easy detectable names for your Download page.
- Keep your product in zipped format. This saves bandwidth while downloading and prevents it from getting indexed on search engines.
- Use server side language (ASP, PHP, etc) to protect your actual download location from impostors.
- Make sure your online banking is secure.
Protect your business, minimize exposure and wastage!
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