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Tips to Protect Your Business from Computer Viruses, Spyware, Hackers, Ransomware

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Computer protection has become as important as accounting and marketing for small businesses. Hackers use viruses, spyware, malware, and ransomware to cause financial chaos that can ruin a business.

A variety of viruses infect companies by gaining access to codes and information on financial accounts. Ransomware blocks access to computers and files with the cyber criminals demanding money to allow access back on computers.

Instead of worrying about putting your business in serious trouble, use these eight tips to protect it from computer viruses, spyware, malware, ransomware, and hackers.

  1. Purchase virus protection from reputable brands — This takes some research but avoids viruses masquerading as virus protection, notes Penny Garbus, co-founder of Soaring Eagle Consulting Inc. Watch out for notifications that suddenly pop up, claiming a virus has been detected. It could be a virus.
  2. Install firewall protection — Firewalls and other software can protect hardware and software from harmful attachments, worms, and other attacks.
  3. Limit data access — Allow trusted employees access to data. They should not be allowed to share log-in information with each other. Take away access from employees who leave and change passwords on those computers.
  4. Encrypt data — Hackers can steal information and money from bank or credit card accounts of employers or employees and Social Security numbers. Activate the full-disk encryption tools on all operating systems. Set computers to log off after 15 minutes without use, according to Entrepreneur.
  5. Lock Wi-Fi networks — Disable the service set identifier (SSID) broadcasting function on the router so the network is only accessible to employees, and Wi-Fi hackers can’t gain access. Periodically change the network’s information.
  6. Protect files and devices — Back up all files and create offline backups for important files, the Federal Trade Commission advises. Use strong, long passwords, never using the same password for more than one account. Don’t share passwords in emails, texts, or on the phone.
  7. Never leave devices unattended in public — Sensitive information can be on laptops, phones, tablets, and other devices. Devices might not even be safe in a locked car if thieves break in. For more protection, turn on device encryption in case of theft.
  8. Only use encrypted websites — Small business owners often bank or buy online. Only do business with sites that use encryption that protects your information. Look for ‘https’ at the web address and on every page.

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