5 Ways You Expose Your Small Business to a Data Breach Everyday

Mike Kelly

You probably already know that a data breach can be devastating to your business. That’s why you take steps to protect it, like keeping your antivirus updated and not visiting suspicious websites.

Unfortunately, that’s not enough.

Most likely, your business is still highly vulnerable to a cyber-attack.

Here are five of the most dangerous things you do on a daily basis that leave your business open to a data breach:

1. Using Public Wi-Fi

Don’t assume that a Wi-Fi source is secure just because it has a password. If a person simply has to go to the counter of the coffee shop to get the Wi-Fi password, then you can assume it’s an unsecured connection. Hackers can easily gain access to your device and monitor your activity when you’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.

2. Allowing an Internet Browser to Remember Your Passwords

This is one of the best ways to give a hacker access to your passwords. When an Internet browser remembers your password for you, it often stores it in an unencrypted format on your hard drive. It’s easy enough for hackers to locate this information and exploit it.

3. Using The Same Password for Multiple Accounts

It can be difficult to remember the passwords for all of your accounts, especially when they require of various numbers, symbols and cases. Using only one password for all of your accounts can open up the floodgates to a massive data breach in the event that you get hacked.

4. Not Updating Software Immediately

When was the last time you put off updating your phone or computer’s operating system because you heard the most recent edition had some annoying new feature? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, those software updates patch vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit to gain access to your device or system. The more outdated your software is, the more time hackers have spent learning how to exploit its weaknesses.

5. Not Creating a Security Policy for Your Business

You’ll most likely need to undergo a forensic investigation if your business suffers a data breach and you wish to continue processing customer credit cards for payment. It may be difficult to convince credit card companies to allow you to process credit card transactions for your business if it’s clear that you hadn’t prepared security measures to protect customer information.

Learn How to Protect Your Business From Data Breaches

If you’re interested in protecting your business from a cyber-threat (and you should be), be sure to check out How to Safeguard Your Business from Data Breaches. This free, downloadable e-book serves as a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to help you keep your business and customers secure.

You’ll learn:

  • How to safely use public Wi-Fi on your mobile devices
  • How to create passwords that are nearly uncrackable and store all of them securely in a password manager
  • How to create a data breach security policy
  • And much more!

Don’t let your business go another day of being vulnerable to cyber-attacks and data breaches. Download your free copy of How to Safeguard Your Business from Data Breaches now.

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