In this age of the internet, it is becoming increasingly rare to find a business that does not have an online presence – be it in the form of a website, social media page, online directory listing or a simple email address. While taking your business online opens a world of potential, digital security is often overlooked by business owners. If you operate a physical store, chances are the store is surrounded by CCTV cameras and security alarms – but have you thought of the online equivalents? Below are 3 critical but often overlooked steps you can take to ensure your online business journey is as secure and trouble-free as possible.
1. Switch to an encrypted website
An encrypted website ensures communication between your website and a customer is secure and doesn’t fall in the hands of hackers. By installing an SSL certificate, you can switch from the standard HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) to HTTPS (HTTP Secured). To learn more about HTTPS and why you should make the switch, refer to our earlier blog post on this topic here.
HTTPS is an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of data between the user’s computer and a website.
2. Update your passwords regularly and enable 2FA
To keep your website, emails and other online accounts as safe as possible, try to avoid using the same password everywhere. If there is a security lapse and a hacker gains access to one of your accounts, it will only be a matter of time until they gain control of all the accounts you have used the compromised password on. Also, make it a habit to update your passwords regularly and to enable 2FA (Two Factor Authentication – also know as Multi-Factor Authentication) wherever possible. Two-Factor Authentication adds a second level of authentication on top of the primary authentication which requires a username and a password to log in to a website or an email account.
3. Keep your software up to date
As software manufacturers keep introducing newer technologies to fight cyber crime, hackers are getting equally smarter. Without up to date software, threats to your software and network security can be near impossible to detect if you are not an IT professional. If your business relies on any kind of software or operates a computer device to store confidential business data, a security breach caused due to an outdated software could hurt you financially. Regularly updating your software will ensure potential security loopholes are taken care of and your digital security is at its healthiest.