When it comes to keeping your business safe, there are so many things to consider. In the digital age, one of the most important involves protecting it and its most valuable data against threats. This involves investing in good software as well as other measures to prevent hackers, data thieves and other cybercriminals from accessing sensitive data and your business’ network as a whole. Here are the best types of protection your business needs.
Virtual Private Network
A virtual private network, also simply known as a VPN, is an essential tool for keeping your business secure. It is a software program that masks your true IP address while you are online. If you or any of your employees conduct work remotely, whether at a neighborhood coffee house or at hotels while traveling, you could keep your data safe by using a VPN. Even if the Wi-Fi network you are using is unsecured, a VPN can connect you to a remote server located virtually anywhere in the world so that your true IP is hidden and no one, not hackers nor even your Internet service provider, can view what you’re doing online.
All businesses need to ensure that their data is regularly backed up. Whether this is done on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis, backup software can prove to be a valuable tool that can keep your most important data handy whenever you need it. Generally, the best backup software should be based in the cloud for best results. For example, in the event that your network crashes, you can always access your backups in the cloud no matter what your location.
It’s important to use a good firewall for all computers connected to your network. A firewall serves as a barrier for all traffic coming in and going out of your network while you’re connected to the Internet. It can be acquired in the form of a dedicated appliance or software that serves multiple purposes. Whatever option you go for, however, it can keep your network of computers secure by limiting what can come in as it can deny access from untrusted sources.
Malware Protection Software
Viruses, Trojan horses and other forms of malware are always a problem for businesses, just as they are for personal devices. However, when you have a business, your data is not merely your own but includes the sensitive information of customers or clients as well as that of your employees. Considering how many viruses and other types of malware run rampant on a daily basis, it’s important to invest in top-notch malware protection and to keep it updated regularly. Run your antivirus and anti-malware programs daily and update any patches immediately so you can catch any threats in real-time.
Mobile Device Action Plan
Another important tool you should have in place to protect your business is a mobile device action plan. These days, many people rely on their personal mobile devices, whether laptop, smartphone or tablet or even all three, to conduct business. The best way to ensure that your most sensitive data is safe and secure is to require encryption of data and password protection on all mobile devices used for work. Security apps and VPN software should be included in your action plan.
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