1) Backup…Backup…Backup – Backup your files, Backup your website, backup your emails, heck even Backup your home PC!!!!
Make sure its setup to go offsite to a secure location.
2) Antivirus on all your computers – One that takes care of viruses and malware. We use a Managed Antivirus that reports back to our central dashboard…we often know if clients have viruses before they do.
3) Keep your PC’s and Software up to date – ensure you have all windows updates, Chrome/Firefox and any programs like iTunes, java, adobe reader – all these get vulnerabilities that hackers use to gain access to your network.
4) Have strong passwords that are random. Don’t use your kid’s names, your birth year, your pet’s names. These are easy to guess and easy to brute force. A good tip i tell my clients is pick a phrase – take the first letter of each work, add in some numbers and special characters…then all you need to do is remember the phrase. Also use a password program like Last Pass.
5) Antispam Filter – Phishing emails are the leading cause of ransomware. So Invest in a decent spam filter that stops them coming to your mailbox in the first place.
Speaking of Emails – Get off POP3 and IMAP mail servers that your web host gives you – they don’t have the same security that Office 365 or G-Suite offer. They often have loose security that allow you emails to be hacked.
6) Remote Access – If you have a server in your office – ensure it is locked down. If you need to remotely connect into the office – ensure staff use a VPN to connect and not just remote in.
7) Website Maintenance – Just like your PC and Servers – ensure it has Backups, Updates, Security – Websites need constant watch and protection.
8) Two Factor Authentication – Turn this on for everything that has it. Facebook, Google, Emails, Xero, anything and everything that offers 2FA – turn it on…NOW!!!
9) Cyber Insurance – Speak to your insurance company and see if your covered. If not, then get it for your business.
10) Educate Users – this is quite important as well. Your only as strong as your weakest link…And the weakest link is always humans. You can have all the protection in the world but all it takes is one click of a mouse by Karen in accounts who opens a link on an email and now the hackers are in your network. Educate staff on spotting phishing emails, suspicious links and what to do. Train them to report emails
11) Data Breach Laws – Ensure you or your IT company understands these laws.
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