In the past, thieves have used guns to steal property belonging to others. Today, one of the most effective weapons is a mouse.
It takes more than antivirus software to safeguard a business’ computing resources and data. Taking steps to secure your computer not only helps keep your data safe, it demonstrates your commitment to protecting the business’ network and all data created, stored, and shared over the network by the entire company.
Keeping your computer secure takes vastly less time than recovering from a security problem. If your computer is compromised, you will likely lose access to it for at least a few hours, possibly days. You may also lose any new data since your computer was last backed up.
Recent studies suggest that 77% of small business owners in the U.S. think their company is safe from cyber criminals, according to a recent study conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Symantec. However, 83% said they don't have a cyber-security plan in place.
Sometimes, security issues aren’t recognized right away, because it’s difficult to tell the difference between your computer’s everyday quirks and things caused by a security problem.
Without up-to-date software, the average unprotected computer connected to the Internet can be compromised in less than a minute. This means the single most important step to securing your computer is making sure you always have all the current updates to key software packages installed. This includes your operating system, web browser, email program, all other applications that connect to the network, and Microsoft Office.
Remember to use secure devices and applications when accepting payments.