Hacking is easy when businesses have poor security

Published on: 14th February 2022
5 Top Tips for Cyber Security

In my experience, many small business owners find cyber security overwhelming and inconvenient.
It can be challenging to know where to start.

Cyber security is a hot topic. Unfortunately, we can no longer assume the measures that got us through yesterday will see us through tomorrow.

The average cost of a security breach to a small business is £11,000.
Small business owners are no less of a target. You are quick and easy to hit, with hackers making their fortune from the sheer volume of businesses they can exploit.

All too often, they gain access through open doors.
Account passwords that are easy to break or reused passwords that have been breached elsewhere.

Malicious links in genuine-looking emails lead to software being installed or spoofed websites luring you into inadvertently entering your credentials.

It doesn’t have to be this way; we can improve our defences with knowledge and action.

My top five digital security tips

1. Use long passwords
A password of 15 characters could take years to break. In contrast, the combinations of an eight-digit password take just 5 seconds to find.

2. Digital con-artists rely on urgency to solicit action
If someone is pressing your urgent buttons, plan ahead to pause and check with someone else.

3. Install software updates
When developers find vulnerabilities in their software, they release updates to fix the problem. Your software needs to be updated to prevent hackers from exploiting the opportunity.

4. Back up your data
An offline backup of your data will enable you to get back up and running quickly if a ransomware attack hits you

5. Check the security of your digital assets
Such as your domain name or online platforms. Long unique passwords are best, ideally coupled with a secondary form of authentication.

 

Are you interested in a short course on how to set up your digital security?

In the next few weeks I am launching a short course designed for the self-employed, or very small business owner, to guide you on configuring your digital security. It is a walkthrough program with actionable steps along the way.

If you would be interested in being a ‘guinea pig tester’ for this course, please email me at [email protected] (before 18/02/22) and I will pop you on my list. Your feedback would be a great help to me.

 

 

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