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Your small business’s data is one of its greatest assets and it should always be treated as such. Threats to your business’s data can attack from all angles, but hacking could deal the most disastrous blow to your company’s digital assets. To ensure your business’s sensitive information never falls into the hands of hackers, there are 5 precautions you should adopt into your company’s security policies.

Tip #1: Use Strong Passwords
Stolen credentials can allow an intruder right into the heart of your company’s data. Using strong, complex password helps to minimise the likelihood an intruder will obtain your company’s passwords.

Hackers can employ software that uses algorithms that will attempt to guess your password, throwing new variations into it gains access. Complex passwords make it harder for malicious software to guess your password, while regularly updating your password keeps them guessing.

Tip #2: Encrypt Your Data
If your company’s sensitive data is ever intercepted, encryption can help to keep it protected from prying eyes.

Encryption encodes your data so that it can’t be accessed without a security key, or a digital certificate. Data encryption uses complex algorithms to make your file entirely inaccessible without the proper credentials.

Digital certificates can be set to work only on issuing computers, making your encrypted data even harder for hackers to crack. Encrypt your archived data as well as privy information you transmit over your local network or the internet.

Tip #3: Secure Your Wireless Networks
Open WiFi networks can attract consumers to your company, but they can also draw the attention of hackers.

Your company’s WiFi network should always be protected by a strong password. You should keep the password updated regularly and only reveal it to individuals you trust. You can also save your Wifi network’s password on your company’s computer to reduce the amount of people who are privy to it.

If you’d like to offer free wireless internet to customers, establish and protect an internal network first. Keep all company proceedings off of the public network, reserving it to your secured network.

Tip #4: Keep Your Protection Updated
There’s always a steady stream of malicious software, ready to slip through your network’s defence and pillage your company’s data.

Your anti-virus software needs regular updates in order to update descriptions, known as definitions, of the latest malicious software. Virus definition empowers your security software with the knowledge of what to look for and how to combat it.

If you don’t keep your security software updated, malicious software could pass through your organisation’s firewalls scrutinised.

Tip #5: Scrutinise Incoming Data
Your security software might not pick up all malicious software that knocks at the doors of your company’s network. Keeping a wary eye out for incoming data can serve as your last line of defence against malicious software.

Scrutinise email attachments, downloads and their sources before accepting them. If you don’t trust the source of the incoming data, its best to avoid it.

Malicious software can infect your network immediately, it could lie dormant or it could monitor and report your internet activity silently.