According to a recent report by the FSB (Federation of Small Business) hundreds of small businesses up and down the country are being hit by cybercrime and fraud. Figures revealed that 41% of FSB members have been affected by this in the past 12 months, costing each business around £4000.
Virus infections are one of the most common forms of threat among these business, closely followed by hacking attacks and security breaches. Not only is this bad news for companies who don’t rigorously check the security of their IT systems, the FSB worry that small businesses will be put off trading online, which will have a significant impact on the economy.
Regularly updating virus protection software and installing security patches are key tasks which many businesses fail to complete. Although the government are doing all they can to stop cybercrime, companies of all sizes should implement appropriate measures to keep themselves safe online.
Providing you are aware of the risks and how to avoid being hit, cybercrime should not be an issue. However, as new technology continues to evolve, methods of cybercrime are constantly changing, so it’s advisable to enlist the help of an expert to give you peace of mind and keep you fully protected.
Handy Tips to Avoid Cybercrime:
- Approach emails from unknown senders with caution and never click on the links they send you. These often contain codes or viruses which could give someone access to your computer.
- Only use safe and reliable software. Free programs that you’re unfamiliar with should be avoided.
- Install high quality, reputable anti-virus software and ensure it is constantly updated. You can also run security scans to check for any signs of viruses.
- Security patches can be used to fix any bugs or vulnerabilities your computer may have. They will also improve your PCs overall performance and usability.
- Never share personal information like your address and/or bank details online unless the website uses encryption to keep all your information secure. It may sound silly, but many companies have published their personal information on social media platforms.
- Install a good firewall and learn how to use it effectively (an IT support expert will be able to help you with this).
- Protect all personal information by securing any accounts with protection beyond passwords. There are now many different ways for you to verify who you are online.
- If you are using the cloud, make sure you secure and backup all data and manage accounts well to avoid data lapses. Personal and confidential information should be kept secure on your personal computer away from the cloud.
These are just some of the actions you can take to stay safer online. Depending on your business and how you work, security practices can vary. As experts in providing IT backup and security services, we tailor our packages to suit you and your company.
Our best practice IT procedures and regular assessments are designed to keep your systems secure at all times. Backup and disaster recovery (offering full recovery within 4 hours) and managed email security are just some of the services we offer. Get in touch with our London based team today for further information. Whether you need assistance with a one off project or full outsourcing, we can lend a helping hand, giving you time to focus your efforts on other important areas of your business.