You might think it’s larger companies that criminals like to target- however, many actually prefer smaller businesses (even though there’s less money and less assets they can take once they’re in). This is simply because it’s easier for them take what they need, since lots of small businesses don’t have strong security systems in place. Since small and home companies are often run by first time and inexperienced business owners, criminals often know exactly what to do to get their hands on whatever it is they’re after. Rinsed bank accounts, stolen customer data (which can be used for fraud purposes) and even stolen stock can all result in your business losing it’s reputation or losing so much money it has to shut its doors. So take security seriously- here’s how you can go about it.
Use complex passwords
Unbelievably, in lots of cases criminals can simply guess passwords or use a password guesser program to quickly crack them. If you look at most common passwords used, you’ll find that many of us tend to steer towards the same kinds of words and number combinations so if yours is commonly used by others then chances are, criminals will easily be able to get in. Make your passwords long and complex. Use a combination of upper and lowercase letters and numbers. Avoid commonly used words and sequences in any form.
Use security software
There are lots of great softwares on the market that smaller businesses can utilise to improve their security. From virus and malware protection on your devices to prevent hijacking attacks, to identity verification software. Depending on the type of business you run, it might be essential to know who your customers are (perhaps you’re a financial company, or you hire equipment or you need to know their age for legal purposes). In these cases you need an identity verification you can trust so find out what’s on the market and suitable for you. There are security softwares for all areas of your business, and taking the time to invest in them and set them up could protect your company from serious issues.
Keep your home office secure
As well as keeping your business safe online, you also need to consider protecting your physical assets. Your computer, data, office equipment and other business related items will all be of interest to thieves. Since your business is run from home, it’s a case of keeping your entire home safe. Use CCTV and have a burglar alarm professionally installed. If you keep money or any kind of sensitive documents to do with your business at home, invest in a good safe. Find somewhere to hide this (under a bed or in a cupboard for example) and then ensure it’s bolted down. This will prevent thieves from simply being able to walk off with it if they do gain access to your home.
If you do end up being broken into, you’ll need to call a professional locksmith who will be able to assist you in getting your home secure again. Fingers crossed this will never happen – but it’s definitely something to bear in mind incase this does occur.
Does your home business have strong security systems in place? Is this something you’ve put much thought into?