Small Business Computer Security Habits
When it comes to small business computer security, prevention costs less, hurts less, and makes more sense. So why is it that so many of us still fail to practice the basics that can protect from big, expensive computer problems?
It boils down to a lack of understanding.
- You may not understand the risks, so why would you undertake IT improvements?
- You may not understand how simple acts can be as important as they are, so you ignore good computer habits.
- And you may not understand why IT recommendations were made, so you never implement those best practices.
“If it ain’t broke ” is a common mindset, but it can cost you a lot.
I know IT is boring but I want to quickly give you some free guides and information that can help protect your business.
This won’t take long so keep scrolling.
I’ve even included a nifty infographic for you. Everyone likes infographics, right?
1 - Passwords
We’ve blogged about tips to protect you from being hacked. And today we’re revisiting some of those good computer habits.
The first one is password habits. People have bad password habits.
Weak, old or reused passwords are persistent problems that create unnecessary risk for your business.
- Do your team members know what makes a good password?
- Do they understand the simple rules that go a long way to managing password safety?
- Do you review these dull, boring but important computer security topics with your team every 6 or 12 months to re-enforce the principles?
You can request a free copy of our small business password policy guide. It will explain what you need to know to improve password policies in your office today. Click to subscribe and it will arrive in your inbox shortly.
It’s free. It’s helpful. It could save you from a big techache down the line.
You can introduce the policies yourself, or call your IT provider to get help. No IT Support in Toronto ON? Call us. That’s what we do. The important part is implementing your password policy because it’s important.
I know this stuff is boring.
I know it’s annoying.
But you know what is far more annoying? Explaining to your customers that their contact information has been stolen from your admin assistant’s computer.
Trust me, you don’t want that kind of “excitement” in your life. Download the guide.
2 - Antivirus
The second habit is antivirus. Antivirus every time.61% of Small Business Owners Fail To Install Antivirus On All Computers
Recently, we were onboarding a new team for managed IT Services. They wanted to skip antivirus and support for one of the laptops in the office because they “only use it sometimes”.
This happens all the time. What seems like a cost saving shortcut is actually a big IT security gap.
You have to ensure that every computer your team uses is locked down, secured and monitored.
This includes all computers in the office (even the “spares”) and any computers, laptops or SmartPhones employees use at home to access company data. Each is an entry point. Each requires IT security and management. Even a computer used part time.
In fact, “spare” computers can be more of a risk because if not used often, chances are no one is doing regular software and security updates on it. This is another common bad computer security habit. But that’s another topic. Back to antivirus.Spare computers can be more of a risk if no one is regularly updating them. Click To Tweet
Each device should have up to date antivirus on it, and not the free stuff. You need a commercial product which actively scans any file you try to open.
If your employees use their own devices for work, this is a form of BYOD- or Bring Your Own Device. BYOD is a security nightmare if not set up securely. And the truth is, it is often rather haphazardly setup, without any planning at all.
Whether your employees use company owned devices or their own devices at work, you can’t skip this important work today. You must enforce password policies and choose the antivirus software all devices must have installed. I know, it sounds like overkill, but it isn’t. It is the very basics of IT security best practices.
You will get a gold star and be leaps ahead of many small business owners if you implement these two basic but important computer security practices for your small business today.
I promised you a nifty infographic and here it is.
Do you see how often the computer security basics are overlooked? Advance your business right now by improving your computer security.
Small Business Computer Services in Toronto
If you would like help to identify and close computer & network security gaps in your small business, please call us for a free consultation. We are TUCU, serving the Toronto small business community since 2003. We are Certified Small Business IT Experts and we are here to help you. Please call our IT Services Coordinator at 416-292-3300, or send us an email.