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Effective Tips to Protect Your Business Online

In the last few years, online businesses have reached a high point. With a new, innovative idea, a well-thought-out strategy, and they needed funding, and you can reach millions of people worldwide. However, as your new online venture begins to take off, so do the online threats against it.

It’s estimated that over 60% of small businesses have experienced some type of cyber-attack; however, most small business owners have no idea how to protect their business against versatile security risks, such as ransomware attacks, zero-day attacks, advanced malware, phishing, and more. While learning what is cloud security is a good first step, make sure you don’t stop there. To ensure superior levels of online security, keep reading. Here you can find several tips that will help you with this goal.  


Find a Secure Hosting Service

There’s no successful online business if you don’t have a professional, nice-looking website. However, a quality design and the right features aren’t going to do much good if you don’t select the right hosting company. Be sure your online website or platform is being hosted by a more reliable service provider that is also PCI compliant.

This is the best way to ensure that your site’s checkout and payment processes are secure from nefarious individuals and hackers who are always looking for loopholes they may be able to exploit. Even though free hosting may seem like a smart option, this is not a smart move for your online business. Along with limited speed and having shared server space, accessing free hosting is also risky when it comes to your site’s security. To keep credit card accounts, user data, and sensitive information protected, avoid a free hosting service provider.

If you can, choose a secure hosting provider that offers an SSL certificate. This will provide your website with an HTTPS, which means HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. With this certificate, you can feel confident all communication between the user’s browser and your website is fully protected and encrypted.


Utilize Email Security Best Practices

Each day, millions of emails are sent and received. However, according to recent research, just 50% of the content they contain is legitimate. The rest is considered spam. This means that the large number of emails you and your team receive may include possible security threats.

In most situations, emails are used to infect your computer system with some type of ransomware. In this case, cybercriminals will include some type of malicious attachment in the emails being sent. When the infected mail is open, the ransomware has “permission” to get into your computer system. This increases the possibility of more serious security attacks.

A smart rule to implement is to ensure employees are not using their business email address when they subscribe to an unknown or unreliable mailing list. You should also let every team member know they need to use caution when it comes to opening attachments. Be sure that you don’t open a link without scanning it first.


Use Strong Passwords

Make sure you pay attention to your passwords. Using a strong password that includes lower- and upper-case letters, special symbols, and numbers is much more difficult to crack. For additional security, be sure to change the passwords often and even use two-factor authentication. Besides this, don’t ever send passwords or some other type of sensitive data through email without being encrypted.


Keeping Your Online Business Secure

When it comes to your online business and website, making sure it stays secure may seem like a huge challenge. However, if you start with the tips mentioned here, you can enjoy peace of mind that your information and customer information are completely secure.

If necessary, hire a third-party consultant to help with online security. Doing this will help ensure that the desired results are achieved and that you are not putting anything related to your livelihood or business at risk. Keep this in mind for the best results. 

Publish Date: May 10, 2021 11:27 PM

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