Establishing your Business Opportunity requires more than just taking measures to grow and maximize profits. After you have maximized your business for profit and efficiency, your work is not over. Potential cyber attacks require you to also safeguard and protect yourself and your business opportunity.
Cyber attacks can be of two basic forms: The first form of breach may be an internal attack involving an internal attacker who breaches the trust of the organization, or an external attack by a hacker hired by an insider. The second form of breach could come from an external entity with the intent of personally harming the business owner and/or causing serious damage to the business in some way. The latter form may be someone simply bent on destroying the business (i.e. disgruntled fired employee, irate competitor, etc.)
It is not just big businesses who suffer from hackers. On many occasions, even small home based businesses have been sabotaged and their personal and/or business information has been stolen. The loss of either one could critically damage any business.
There are many small business owners who find out to late that their personal information and/or their bank account details have been obtained by some hackers. Needless to say, once a hacker has access to your information, it is nearly impossible to get your good name and credit restored. This does not even begin to address the difficult task of regaining the cash needed to financially stabilize your business.
In this article I would like to alert you to a few steps that you can take to tighten the data security of your home based business opportunity computers.
o The first step is to install an antivirus and firewall software on all of your computers and to update them regularly. This will make it difficult, if not impossible, for hackers to access your computer. The most threatening concerns are Trojans and key tracking software that they might try install on your computers. These viruses allow a hacker to steal your password, credit card information and any other critical information stored on your computers. Antivirus and firewall software will provide you a huge safeguard and peace of mind in knowing that your data is protected.
o The next step is to protect your browser. When you access your computer, you generally need to type in passwords to access the web sites. This allows key tracking Trojans programs to makes record your passwords and steal them. To help prevent this, you may want to consider installing a program like Roboform or Norton Key Safe to store your passwords in. You will have secure access to them and there are no key strokes for logins, making it remarkably difficult for hackers to access your personal information. You should clean the cookies from your browser daily to prevent buildup and to help your computer safer and work more efficiently.
o It is critical that you remember to be careful with your passwords. A poorly thought-out password can compromise your entire network. Do not use personal information and dictionary words as passwords. You should use a mixture of letters and symbols in your password to make it more difficult for a hacker to try to guess what it is. You should change the passwords on a regular basis and especially immediately after an employee leaves as part of the termination process.
o You need to stay on top of changes that could affect the security of your local area network (LAN). You’ll need to keep your computer operating system updated with the latest security patches and bug fixes. You should only assign access to directories and other network resources to your employees on a need-to-know basis,
o You need to protect your credit card details and bank statements in a secure location on your computers and make sure that you do not share this file with anyone except your spouse. Keep in mind that even the most trusted employee, may one day leave your employment for what-ever-reason and you don’t want your information to go with them.
o Finally, regarding websites, you need to install all of the latest versions of scripts like word press and amber, as examples. These are less susceptible to hacker attacks. The latest version should come with the security update.
o Never click on the links which you receive in emails. A lot of these links are deceiving and even though they might appeal to you, they could contain a virus which could cause conflicts to your existing programs. For example, the e-mail might look like it has been sent from your bank, but it may a cleverly designed e-mail from a hacker trying to get your bank account information. However, bank’s never send out e-mail with links for their customers to login to their accounts.
It is an unpleasant fact associated with computers and the Internet that hacker will always exist and that everyone who owns and uses a computer is at risk of being hacked. However, if you take these few precautions, it will greatly reduce the chances of you becoming a victim. Is wise to remember, there are no 100% foolproof plan that will protect your business opportunity.