How to protect your small business from cyber criminals

Here’s an interesting fact: In 2012, companies with just one to 250 employees — what most people typically think of as small businesses — were the victims in more than 30 percent of all cyber attacks. Entrepreneur Magazine cites this statistic, extracted from the 2013 Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec, to prove a point: Even small businesses need a cybersecurity plan.

Keeping Viruses at Bay

Fortunately, the cybersecurity plan that Entrepreneur provides is an easy one to put into practice. First, the magazine recommends that you immediately install anti-virus software on your business’ computers. No anti-virus software will stop every virus. But computers left unprotected are especially easy targets for cyber criminals.

Suspicious E-mails

You should additionally teach your employees e-mail skills. Specifically, you should train them which e-mail messages that they ought to delete. All of us receive lots of suspicious e-mail messages, and a lot of of them now originate from senders whom we recognize. The key is to avoid those that somehow don’t look right. Staff members must also be aware that should they open an e-mail that ends up being suspicious they need to immediately delete it, and they should never click on any of its links.

Protect Yourself

Entrepreneur also recommends that business owners use firewalls to secure their inbound and outbound network traffic. Firewalls can keep hackers from making use of a small business’ network. Firewalls can also stop employees from accessing potentially dangerous Web sites.


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