by James Daily
When it comes to your business security and company safety, there’s currently nothing more important than cybersecurity. The digital age we live in has brought so many possible online threats that we can’t even keep up the count. However, it’s not impossible to stay safe from cyber-attacks and protect your confidential data from being stolen. All you have to do is have a functioning cyber-security routine.
This means that you have to work on creating a cyber-security strategy and maintain the routine of keeping yourself protected. If you do want to work on improving your cyber-security but aren’t sure how to do it, just keep reading.
Here’s what you need to do to create a powerful cyber-security routine.
1. Educate Your Employees
All it takes for a hacker to get into your system is one weak link.
In other words, if everyone in your company’s not on board, your entire system can collapse.
This means that you have to educate all your employees about the importance of cybersecurity and how they need to contribute to your company’s safety.
You need to organize monthly meetings and discuss:
- methods for keeping the data protected
- rules of online behavior
- potential dangers and how to avoid them
- statistics and data about the previous cyber-attacks
Make sure everyone understands the importance of cross-department collaboration on keeping your systems safe and protected.
2. Ad Blockers
Regardless of how big or small your company is, your employees are going to be using different internet browsers. While they can choose which browser to use they all need to be using ad blockers.
Ad blockers ensure:
- avoiding malware
- avoiding spyware
- not letting anyone steal your personal information
“More often than not, pop-up ads are actually some type of cyber-threat. Ad blockers keep you safe from any attempts of invading your privacy or security” says Diana Richards, an IT expert from 99HomeworkHelp.
Make sure all your employees are using ad blockers, to ensure maximum security.
3. Updated Software
If you want things to run smoothly on your computer, you need to ensure your software is up-to-date.
While some systems update themselves, others require manual updating.
Make sure all your employees regularly update their:
- antivirus software
- cleanup software
Stephen Hill, a cyber-security expert at Top Australia Writers agrees: “Without properly maintaining your software, you’re exposing your system to cyber-attacks. Keep everything updated, up and running, and you’ll have nothing to worry about”.
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4. Safe Passwords
Maybe you’re not aware of this fact, but there are so many people who have the word “password” as their password, or worse, the good old “123456” number combination.
Vulnerable passwords which are easy to hack are nothing else but trouble and can seriously jeopardize your online privacy.
You and everyone in your company need to adopt a smart password routine:
- use different passwords for everything
- make each password completely random, not using your date of birth or your pet’s name
- use uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols
- make it at least 15 characters’ long
Michel Green, an editor at Fly Writing says they adopted this safe password routine: “Everyone at our office knows the importance of using safe, strong passwords. We all agreed to the same rules and we haven’t had any trouble with security breaches.”
Finally, you need to be prepared for the worst.
If despite all your security efforts you still suffer a cyber-security attack, you need to ensure you don’t lose all your data when it happens. That means you need to back-up your data regularly.
You could use a cloud-based back-up system and have all your employees save their work regularly on the cloud. This will ensure:
- all your data is safe and secure
- everyone from work can access it if needed
- you’ll never lose your data
In addition, you can save your data on a local drive and have it stored there.
Whichever option you choose, make sure you have a backup system and a plan if something goes strong with your security protection.
Cyber-security is a major question each company needs to deal with. It’s a serious matter you, your IT experts, and your employees need to take care of together. By adopting a cybersecurity routine, you’re making sure everyone’s on the same page.
Hopefully, the techniques for keeping your data safe that we gave you above are going to be of help. Share your ideas and cyber-security rules with your employees and ensure your systems are 100% safe.
James Daily is a seasoned content marketing writer and head of the content department. He likes making complicated topics engaging and easy to understand. You can follow James on Twitter.