43% of all breaches occurred at small businesses – and this was before COVID. The shift to working from home, although forced, puts an exponential amount of businesses at risk. In honor of #NationalSmallBusinessWeek, here is a list of tips that you can implement to increase your chances of protection.
1. HTTPS vs. HTTPIt seems so simple – but that extra letter at the end makes the world of difference. In fact, Google won’t even consider putting your website in search rankings because they don’t want their users to be ‘at risk’.To get the “s”, you’ll need to purchase an SSL certificate from your hosting provider. Once purchased, you select the domain you want to attach it to – and that’s it!
2. Wi-fi / Internet network securityNot all connectivity looks the same. Chances are, your at-home networks aren’t as secure as you think. Simple steps to increase your chance of protection:
- Encrypt your wi-fi network so only trusted users can access (using a passcode and the WPA2/WPA3 Personal Security protocol)
- Change the default settings – IP address & default login-password for the administrator
- Turn off remote access related features (this means you won’t be able to access your router if you’re not home – but unless you know what you’re doing, you shouldn’t need to do this anyways)
- Update the router firmware
- Log out properly