I often have small business owners ask me for practical tips on making sure that their data is secure from modern day attacks. Most small businesses don’t have the expertise in-house to make sure that their security is up to scratch. They also don’t always have the funds to employ the services of security specialists or pay for the expensive solutions that are sometimes promoted.
These are my top tips for Small businesses who want to make sure that they are secure:
- Windows updates
First and foremost, make sure your servers and PC’s are updated regularly. Windows updates patch known security flaws which can be exploited by malicious sources.
- Don’t use outdated technology
Using XP machines, Server 2003 or any other products not supported by Microsoft anymore? It’s time to upgrade. If this hardware has access to the internet, there is a risk that they can be compromised.
- Restrict admin access
Some malicious threats (such as ransomware) can spread further if it infects an admin user as opposed to a normal user. For server usage especially, only grant admin access if it is absolutely required.
- Does your Antivirus protect against ransomware?
Not all Anti-Virus software is built the same. Each has their strength but here at Integr8IT, we have invested heavily in trying to find the one that we feel protects our client against Cryptolocker/ Cryptowall ransomware attacks. We use Webroot to protect our clients and we have had good results thus far.
Note: No Antivirus can protect you against 100% of the attacks and we have not tested every Antivirus software available. We use Webroot as it works for our needs
- Make sure your backups are working
I cannot stress this enough. Probably the single most important piece of advice I can give is to make sure that your data is recoverable when you need it to be. If you are not sure, ask your IT company to do a restore test to ensure that your data is recoverable.