Fight Back Against an Attack: Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

Guest Writer: Cody McBride

It takes time and effort to create the right website to attract customers. You have to research designs, find pictures, and create copy that appeals to the target market. However, designing a fantastic website is just the beginning. Putting the right protection methods into place is a vital part of running a website. Here are some tips to remember.

Enlist the Help of Professionals

A skilled professional web designer like Martha Cisneros can create a stunning website for your company, and as professional cybersecurity expert can also help you to keep it safe. She will evaluate the network for threats and recommend a customized plan for your business.

Hosting and design programs differ, so search for an expert in the right field. The complexity of the website and code used will dictate your needs. For example, a freelance expert in WordPress can keep you and your customers safe on that platform. However, before hiring anyone, research the cost, delivery time, and reviews. Freelance WordPress developer rates typically range from $15 to $28 per hour but can go considerably higher depending on the level of experience and expertise.

Maintain Your Firewall

One basic form of protection against hackers is a good firewall. There is a variety of firewall software to choose from, and each one has its own set of pros and cons. Look for a firewall that is easy to operate and filters traffic without slowing down the network. It is possible to tweak the firewall to allow access to certain websites or features, but you should be sure to only disable the firewall if you have checked for signs that it is safe.

Keep Your Software Updated

Because hackers are constantly learning how to get around existing safeguards, it is not enough to install a firewall and an antivirus program. Those programs, along with the website and any plugin software, should be updated regularly. Ideally, you should choose to have the programs update automatically to ensure the best protection is in place. If a program is discontinued, it is a good idea to look for a replacement quickly to prevent it from becoming a security risk.

Train Your Employees to Prevent Accidents

No matter how stellar the firewall and antivirus programs are, they cannot always guard against human error. Phishing scams are becoming more sophisticated. It is possible for scammers to generate an email that looks as though it is coming from a trusted source, such as an employee of the company. If a staff member unknowingly downloads a virus, hackers will be able to access the system. Training staff members to recognize common email scams, unsecured websites and shady pop-ups is an excellent way to reduce the risk of a breach.

Employees should also be trained on physical protection methods. Tell them not to write down passwords, leave their computers unattended or log in remotely from unsecured workstations.

Limit Access to the System

Evaluate the system to determine exactly which employees should have access to the network or be able to make changes to the website. Use strong passwords that change frequently to prevent former employees from attempting to gain access to the system. Any changes to the website should be approved beforehand to ensure they do not present a risk.

It can be easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget to check on the security of the company’s website. However, if your organization counts on the website to conduct business, failing to adequately protect it can be disastrous. Building a thriving company takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and protecting it should be a priority.

Martha Cisneros can design a fantastic website for your business and help you to design a cybersecurity strategy for your business. Get in touch today to take the first step to creating an engaging and appealing site!

About the author

“My name is Cody McBride and I love computers. It started while I was in high school when I built my own computer. Having that kind of passion, I became a trained IT technician who knows how the inner workings of computers can be confusing to most. I created where I offer easy-to-understand tech related advice and troubleshooting tips.”

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