Cyber threats are not to be taken lightly, but sadly small business owners live under the erroneous impression that no self respected hacker targets small companies. This is absolutely wrong and if you don’t believe it, Google “ransomware stories”. You will find lots of people who lost access to their computer because of a ransomware virus.
In such cases, you have to deposit a certain amount of money in an account if you want to regain access to your computer network. The sums can be huge and can render your business incapacitated if a big part of its activity is based on computers. For example, a computer that has an offline database of clients will be very vulnerable.
Cyber security solutions
Let’s talk about a couple of pieces of software that can keep your computer safe from all sorts of malware including Trojan horses, bitcoin miners and ransomware viruses.
Comodo is one of the low cost solutions that offers affordable solutions to users from all over the world. Comodo won a lot of awards but the free version is not as potent as the paid one. You could try ESET that lets you make custom packages to protect all devices including phones, USB drives, and servers. They offer several types of products based on company size and industry.
Physical business security
You might think that if you’re not selling anything valuable there’s no reason why someone would try to break in. Well here are a few situations that business owners with no security measures have to deal with at some point:
- Former or current employees who want to steel money/merchandise or access files they are not supposed to see
- Regular thieves who want to steal your products for resale
- People who want to vandalize your building/offices as retribution or just for fun
- Thieves who steal expensive equipment like computers, company cars and electric tools
There are a few things you could do to make sure these scenarios don’t come true. For once, you should upgrade your locks. Something as simple as a hard to break lock will keep many people out including low level thieves who use force to break in.
It’s a bad idea to change locks on your own if you know nothing about them. You risk ending up with a broken lock or a poorly installed one. It’s easier and possibly cheaper to call a professional locksmith to take care of that.
Look for locksmiths in advance so that you know who to call when you have an emergency. Here’s the website of a company that’s been in the industry for years and knows how to please clients: https://www.247losangeleslocksmiths.com/your-mobile-locksmith. It’s obviously just for people who live in LA but even those who don’t should visit the website to see how much a locksmith is supposed to charge for quality services.
Apart from upgrading locks, your business will be safer if you install security cameras and an alarm system. You could have a loud alarm or a silent one if you want to prevent the thieves from escaping the scene before the police arrives.