3 Easy Ways to Protect Your Home Business in 2021
As a terrible 2020 begins to get left behind, hopes are high for the new year of 2021 and beyond, and although things are promised to get back to normal it won’t be any time soon.
Lockdown restrictions in many countries led to some people being forced to work from home or running a business completely online from their residence. As convenient as this might sound, running any business online or indeed using the internet for any part of your business has some pretty high risks if you do not adequately protect yourself in the areas of:
- Malware protection
- Data backup and recovery
In December 2020, the United States suffered its largest-ever hacking breach on many government institutions including the Treasury Department, Homeland Security and other Federal agencies. While this was aimed at the United States government, it is estimated that 18,000 external organizations also suffered and contained the malicious code in their systems as well.
As with anything that is worth it, education is a key component of a successful protection system. This is the first step to securing your business against any outside threat.
There are many resources out there to get you started and companies like intouchit.com provide free professionally-written ebooks on remote business, data protection and malware among many others. With an understanding of what the threats are and how they actually work, you can immediately begin to create a protection plan that adequately suits your needs.
Many online security companies also offer comprehensive consultations with industry professionals that are completely tailored to your own needs.
Invest in a Good Malware Suite
You might think that only large scale and well-known targets suffer from cyber attacks, but this is far from the case. What the news doesn’t report is that the vast majority of cyber-attacks are upon small and independent companies that don’t implement proper online security and one report found that almost 50% of Americans don’t use online protection.
Purchasing an up-to-date antivirus and protection application is one of the most important steps to combating cybercrime.
The typical antivirus system blocks anything that it deems malicious from entering through to your computer or device. It might sound simple, but this is one of the most effective ways of combating cybercrime.
Malicious Code can hide in downloaded apps, images, programs and even websites. Some of the better anti-malware programs come with real-time protection for just about everything, including blocking websites with malicious code.
Perform Regular Data Backups
However well you educate yourself or what protection suite you buy, cybersecurity alone isn’t enough to completely protect your business. There are actually more serious risks to an online business than typical cybercrime.
Data backup and recovery is a serious matter when it comes to online protection. A 2020 report found that 1 in 4 e-Commerce retailers permanently lost data as a direct result of not implementing a regular data backup system and cost each business an average of $80,000.
Data backup systems work by regularly copying your data to an offsite server, usually through a cloud-based interface so that it can be recovered should the worst happen.
Companies that perform regular backups greatly reduce the risk of losing sensitive or confidential data and can easily have any data restored by their IT management company with the click of a button or a quick phone call.