Ever have the fear that your company might not be secure? Your computer is constantly under attack, your servers and possibly your (or your clients’) personal information. So where do you start when you need to protect yourself?
The first place to start is to protect the material things. If you have an office or place you keep important files or equipment be sure to physically secure them. Get good locks and possibly a security system.
Next, keep your computer safe. There’s a number of facets to this. First, download a good browser as I’ve discussed before. Keep your spyware and virus protection up to date. Also, install extra fire walls beyond the one that came with your computer.
Backing up your files on a regular basis can also keep your computer safe. You aren’t very secure if you lose all your important information due to a wipe or physical damage on your laptop. I suggest Mozy as a free, accurate service. It backs up your entire hard drive and keeps it online for free.
If you handle any personal information on your clients in a hard copy, remember there are rules on how to protect and destroy those documents. Make sure you buy a decent shredder if you need one, and be sure to check out what those regulations might be for your industry.
Finally, if you are still worried about your security, it might be worth looking into a privacy company. Xerobank helps you encrypt all your information to keep you safe while being online. This is a great solution for companies who want to feel secure and not lose any more sleep over it.
Need more info? The U. S. Chamber of Commerce has a security tool kit you can download to help protect you from cyber crime.
What are some other ways a small business can feel secure?