Small business owners wear many hats. From human resources to bookkeeping, your days are likely filled with activities that aren’t what you had in mind when you started your company—and ones that may not align with your skillset. One activity that you should be leery about doing yourself is online security.
It’s a risk you can’t take. It’s time to start protecting everything you’ve worked so hard to build.
Signs Your Business is at Risk
Sometimes I.T. tasks and online security aren’t at the top of your to-do list. Here are some ways to know you may have weaknesses hackers could exploit.
Your employees are the face of your brand and they’re also the front line of your security team. If they aren’t trained, they could be opening your business up to a breach simply by clicking on bad links, opening up infected files, or having weak password practices.
Lackluster or missing software security
Malware is everywhere. In emails, on websites, in online ads. And it’s sole purpose is to gain unauthorized access to your computer system. If you haven’t invested in proven security applications, or you don’t know if your software is up-to-date, you could be at risk for viruses, spyware, ransomware, and more.
No I.T. support
Evaluating security risks and keeping your technology infrastructure up-to-date isn’t something you can do in your spare time. It’s critical to either get an internal I.T. person or partner with a company you trust to minimize your risks, keep your security software up-to-date, and train your team on best practices.
Missing or non-existent procedures for customer data
If you take online payments or handle any financial or personal information about your customers, you must have procedures in place to back it up regularly and protect it.
Find the Right Partner
One of the smartest decisions you can make as a small business owner is to partner with a company you can trust to handle your I.T. and web hosting duties. Not only does this take the burden off of you, but it will also protect your company from a disruption in daily business operations, loss of data, and potential liability. And it lets you get back to doing what you love—which is why you became a small business owner in the first place.
Contact us for more information on how we help small and midsize businesses by delivering proven web hosting, email services, website backups, website software upgrades, and more. We partner with multiple IT companies that we can refer to you upon request.
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