Wi-Fi Security Threats are more pervasive than many small business owners realize.
When you think of data breaches, you probably only think about those that affect large companies and millions of people. However, small businesses are actually more likely to be targeted in cyber-attacks because they often have fewer protections in place. For a small business, any threat, no matter the size, can be fatal. That’s why business owners need to know what these threats are and how best to protect their business technology and network. Here are some of the common vulnerabilities most small businesses overlook and ways to protect against them.
Keep Antivirus Software Updated
We’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating. The only thing worse than not having antivirus software is having outdated antivirus software. Most software companies have developers constantly searching for weak spots in their applications. When a weak spot is located, patches are created to fix those vulnerabilities. If you are operating with software that has not been updated, you may think you’re protected, but without these new patches, hackers can easily steal your data, shut down your systems, and more.
Don’t Let Weak or Default Passwords be Your Downfall
When businesses use passwords that are too simple, like the word ‘password’ or the business’ name, it is easy for hackers to access your data without you even realizing it. That is why it is important to make sure you and your team are using strong passwords. Also, business owners should create policies to encourage employees to change passwords regularly. Using a two-way authentication method that doesn’t rely on passwords by itself is another way to safeguard your data. Also, if your clients access your Wi-Fi, make sure you have a guest network that only provides access to the Internet. You don’t want clients connecting to your company Wi-Fi, which can give them access to the data on your computers and servers.
We understand how hard it is to remember complicated passwords. Consider subscribing to a password management platform for your business, but be careful to choose a legitimate product, and make sure it offers tiered access for everyone in your company.
Don’t Get Caught in a Phishing Scam Net
There are hundreds of phishing attacks every day, and small businesses make up the majority of victims. Phishing scams refer to someone using a “lure,” such as a fake email, a phony log-in site, or an infected link to gain access to your network and all the data stored on it. It is a good business practice to work with an IT managed service provider to test your employees’ knowledge and response to phishing attacks with a fake phishing test. This will give you the insight to see what kind of training your team needs when it comes to cyber-attacks.
Have a Plan B(ackup)
Even if you do everything you can to avoid an attack before it happens, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan if a hacker can find a way into your company data. For example, if an employee accidentally downloads a ransomware file and your whole system shuts down, don’t let your business crash as well. Having a regular off-site backup can keep your data safe and easily restored.