Bad Credit Business Financing: Why You Should Schedule Regular IT Updates
Small businesses are a common target of data theft and hacking as they are repositories of valuable data both in the form of business credit accounts and repositories of customer information. Many businesses on the smaller side of the spectrum of SMBs figure that they are not on the radar map of cyber criminals because of their size, when in reality it is this exact mentality that makes them one of the preferred victims of data theft. Major data breaches on the part of large businesses, such as the hack of retailer Target which exposed thousands of customer’s information, should serve as a warning to small business owners that the effects of digital crime can be tough to bear even for major corporations. Businesses should invest in additional security as they processes more sales, but even with an improved infrastructure, they must implement regular maintenance in order for their security to perform at the highest possible level.
Change passwords. An account is only as well guarded as its password. Choosing a strong password will give your accounts the best chance of withstanding malicious access attempts, however, the longer you go without changing your password, the more likely it becomes that it will be able to be compromised. Many operating systems will require users to change their passwords with varying degrees of frequency because of this reason, however, it is a good habit to get in to change all passwords on a regular schedule in order to keep security tight.
Update firewalls and security software. Malware, Trojans and other viruses are constantly in the state of being created and modified, so in response security software also needs to be updated. Setting firewalls to auto-update is a good idea, but business owners should also actively check for updates for the software they are running regularly as well. Some larger updates may require password entry or restarting machines, so staying up to date may require more active involvement.
Back up files. Backing up files into a secure server is important since in the event that a machine goes down containing important files, all of that productivity can be lost forever without a backup. Backing up a machine can also serve as a safeguard against hacking in the event that a computer is hit with a virus. Restoring an infected computer from a backup point can save you the costs of replacing a machine, making the time spent backing one up well worth it as a precaution.
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