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Cybersecurity: Five tips to keep your website safe

Cybersecurity is a hot topic now in the tech world. While many small businesses may think that protecting their digital presence is not a priority, an attack on your website or data may be extremely damaging for your business.

Recently several massive companies and organisations have come under cyberattack. Among them include the NHS, eBay and JPMorgan Chase. It goes to show that no matter how big or secure your network is, maintaining cybersecurity is really important.

Cyberattacks can devastate small businesses, so follow these steps to protect your data from breaches and hackers.

Update software

You know all those notifications you swat away in annoyance about updating your software? Yeah, you need to do that.

Updating the various applications, browsers and programmes on your system may mean a little downtime now and then, but it’s so worth it to ensure protection against hacks. Cybersecurity depends on you having the latest versions to ensure you have the latest protection.

Limit access

Ensure that only necessary employees have authorised access to your devices and data. While it may seem like an obvious one, many people are happy to compromise their cybersecurity to share their data with everyone within your business.

If there’s no reason for someone to have access to certain accounts, data or documents then they shouldn’t have access.

Particularly, if your company handles personal data and sensitive information of any kind this should be of utmost importance.

Use the cloud to back up your data

In general, backing up your information is paramount for cybersecurity. Regardless of how secure your systems are, disasters can happen at any time and you should be ready for that.

One easy way of doing that is hosting your website and data via the cloud. It allows your information to be stored within a vast network of servers so that even if your devices fail your data will always be there.

Keep passwords secure

One common way of doing this these days is to introduce multi-factor authentication, where employees have to use more than one device to register or log in to certain programmes.

It goes without saying that passwords should be as strong as possible, but you can also use apps such as LastPass if you need to remember a lot of passwords and you don’t want to store them in one place.

Educate and train employees

Nowadays workers are aware of cybersecurity threats, but many still aren’t sure about what they can do to prevent them. Consider inviting an expert come in to better inform your employees about how to stay secure.

Employees should be informed about how to post online in a way that does not reveal any trade secrets to the public or competing businesses.

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