Businesses around the world run the risk of being attacked by cyber criminals and identity thieves. Does your company have a reliable privacy protection plan? Use the following tips to keep your organization safe:
1. Monitor Your Credit
Not keeping an eye on your credit can wreck your business finances. Request your business credit report annually from one or all of the three major business credit reporting agencies: Dun & Bradstreet, Experian, and Equifax. Check your credit report for errors and report any suspicious activity.
2. Lock Down Your Mail
Porch pirates steal mail and packages from businesses, too. Once they have your name, address, and other personal information, they can apply for credit on your behalf. Arrange to have someone on site to receive business deliveries and go to the post office when mailing business correspondence, bill payments, and other sensitive documents.
3. Post Wisely
Your social media footprint increases your vulnerability to identity theft. Criminals use social engineering techniques to exploit any valuable information you post about your business, customers, employees, finances, and anything else they can use. Be careful what you post online. Limit your social media posts to information that is safe to share with the public.
4. Shred Unwanted Documents
Thieves steal sensitive documents from corporate dumpsters and curbside trash and recycling bins. Use a mobile shredding service to prevent your confidential information from falling into the wrong hands. They can even place locked collection containers in your facility and shred the contents on a scheduled basis to make information security easy.
5. Think Before Swiping
Criminals steal credit card data by installing small devices called skimmers on credit card payment terminals and other point-of-sale devices. Skimmers fit over an existing card reader and are very hard to spot. Fuel pump terminals are especially vulnerable to skimming, since they aren’t equipped with EMV chip readers. Let employees with corporate credit cards know: If the card reader wiggles, don’t use it. Better yet, pay for gas inside rather than at the pump.
6. Use Public WiFi Sparingly
Using public WiFi hotspots makes your data susceptible to third party theft. Cybercriminals eavesdrop on WiFi signals and use malware to steal user login and password credentials. If employees need to work remotely and use public Wi-Fi networks, set up a virtual private network (VPN) first and require them to use it.
7. Use a Password Manager
Passwords are the Achilles’ heel of data security. Many employees use one or two easy-to-remember passwords for every website. Fortunately, for just a few dollars, a password manager generates individual, hard-to-crack passwords for every website you use so your login data always stays secure. It stores your login credentials securely and inputs them automatically the next time you visit that website.
8. Don’t Take Phishing Bait
Phishing emails look like authentic emails sent from colleagues, customers, vendors, or financial institutions. Never click on an attachment or link in an email unless your one hundred percent sure it’s from a person you know. Always check the sender’s email address. When in doubt, call the sender to verify that the link or attachment they sent is authentic.
9. Back Up Your Data
Cybercriminals use ransomware to steal data and extort money from businesses. It holds the targeted user’s data hostage until they pay to get it back. Create a complete backup and recovery plan to ensure that it can’t be held hostage and you always have access to your critical business information.
10. Secure Your Devices
Hackers exploit security vulnerabilities in mobile devices. Out-of-date software on smartphones, laptops, and tablets puts corporate data at risk. Always follow prompts to update your devices’ software or you may miss valuable security patches.
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