In a new blog post by hosting provider Namecheap, the cyber security risks for small business owners as well as their privacy issues are being addressed. Nearly half of all cyber attacks would target small businesses, yet many small business owners either aren’t aware of these issues or don’t invest in the right security software and training to minimize these problems, according to Namecheap.
Even if the website is simply a landing page with your company’s fixed address, you need to pay attention to how you browse, send, and receive data online. By taking the following proactive measures to protect their business computer, network, data, and website, small business owners would be able to stay ahead of cyber attacks, cybercriminals, and the latest emerging trends in cybercrime, stated Namecheap.
- Use two-factor authentication
2FA boosts website security by providing an extra layer of account protection, like a PIN or confirmation request sent to your phone in real time.
- Add a FREE firewall
If a small business connects to the Internet via email, VoIP, and media streaming, a firewall should monitor threats coming from each of these different connections. The free firewall ZoneAlarm would be widely accepted as one of the best personal firewall protection tools around. If it’s paired with an anti-virus application, Namecheap says you got the makings of a robust security system.
- SSL and HTTPS security
As a website owner, one currently needs to make sure that a secure SSL certificate is being added – to secure a user’s browsing experience. Google also loves the ‘https’ protected websites, which can help small business owners further boost their search engine optimization (SEO) and brand visibility efforts.
- Encrypt your emails
A relatively low-cost investment in this type of technology prevents data breaches, which – by contrast – can be pretty costly.
- Secure your network, databases, and website
Malware, viruses, and other cyber attacks can crush a small business. In 2017 alone, the average malware-related costs for small to medium-sized businesses amounted to $1,027,053 due to damage or theft of IT assets. As a small business owner, you should probably install an anti-malware, antivirus, and anti-ransomware suite.
Namecheap actually published 9 ways to protect the online privacy of small business operations. If you want to check them all out, visit their company blog post here. To inform small businesses about their cyber security risks and ways to protect their online privacy, Namecheap has also published a ‘Small Business Data Security & Online Privacy Guide.’ This guide to common data security and online privacy tools is designed to help any small business keep their browsing sessions private and client interactions secured.
This week, Namecheap has started to offer huge discounts on the Namecheap security products and services, including Namecheap’s new personal VPN for mobile and desktop, a huge selection of SSL certificates, PremiumDNS and 92% off .tech domains, “the TLD of choice among technology startups.” Namecheap’s ‘Big Security Sale’ can be found here. Security sale deals offered by Namecheap include: PremiumDNS, VPN, EssentialSSL, EssentialSSL Wildcard, Comodo EV SSL, and Free WhoisGuard privacy protection.