0How To Protect Your Business Records From Hackers?

Posted by Guest at 4/12/2012 Posted in:

This is a guest post by Andy Granger.

Now more than ever, hackers and cyber criminals are on the prowl for sensitive information. It is for this very reason that it is extremely important to take the proper steps in securing your confidential business records. Because any leaked information can mean big trouble for your business, you must take the time to safeguard everything. If you are wondering how to protect your business records from hackers, the following tips can help.
  1. Always Use a Firewall: One of the most important ways to protect your company’s business records from hackers is to have a firewall in operation at all times. A firewall monitors and filters information coming in from the internet and blocks anything that appears suspicious. A firewall also monitors the transmission of information between your business and others. Always make sure that a firewall is installed on all computers and functioning properly so your business records are protected.
  2. Adopt Company-Wide Safety Regulations: Having a set of company-wide safety regulations in place can also help to protect your business records from hackers. If all employees with internet and computer access follow the same protocols, confidential business information is much less likely to be at risk. Make sure everyone knows the limits and rules regarding internet use, and that strong passwords are used by all employees. Let all employees know that anyone who chooses to ignore the safety regulations will be punished accordingly. Also, if any employee notices anything suspicious or worrisome, make sure they report the issue immediately so the proper action can be taken.
  3. Install a Quality Anti-Virus Program: All computers used in your business need to have a quality anti-virus program installed on them. Anti-virus and anti-spyware programs are necessary to keep your computers and information safe from hackers, viruses, and other serious threats. Avoid programs that are free of charge, as they often cannot adequately protect you against the latest internet security threats. Once you have your program in place, make sure it is functioning properly at all times and that the automatic update feature is turned on. This will keep the software updated so it always has the ability to detect the latest threats and prevent them from invading your computer system.
  4. Keep All Computers Updated: Another way to protect your business records from hackers is to keep all computers (including software and hardware) updated at all times. Updates often address security issues and keep computers functioning properly and efficiently. To keep your equipment updated, regularly check manufacturers’ websites for information regarding updates.
  5. Backup Data on a Regular Basis: It is very important to create backup files of all important business records on a regular basis. This will ensure you always have access to all of your records, even if there ever happens to be a security breach of some sort. Make sure to keep the backup files in a safe and secure location at all times.
Now that you know some ways to protect your business records from hackers, there should be no reason that your confidential information is ever at risk. Staying committed to keeping your business records safe at all times will help to keep your business running smoothly and efficiently.

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Guest post from Andy Granger. Andy writes for BusinessInsurance.org.
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