Security breaches can cost companies money and their reputation. If you own a business, make sure that you’re not making any of these security mistakes.

Exercising Poor Password Usage

The simplest way to encourage a data breach is to use predictable passwords. Whilst these passwords may be easier to remember, they’re also easier for a hacker to guess. You don’t have to use a random combination of letters and numbers.

Consider using both letters, numbers, and symbols. This could assist with the difficulty in others’ guessing your password. However, just ensure that it is something that is just as easy for you to remember.

In addition, make sure that you change passwords regularly. Many ex-employees leak passwords can lead to data breaches. So it’s worth changing passwords whenever you have a change of staff.

Opening Dodgy Emails

If an email doesn’t look right, try not to open it. If you do open it, don’t reply and certainly don’t click on any links. Spam emails can download viruses onto your computer. Hackers can use them to phish certain details. It’s possible to download a spam filter that reads each email and warns you if it’s safe to open. You can download spam filters from sites such as spamtitan.com/spam-antivirus-filter/.

Storing Sensitive Information In Plain Sight

Another popular security mistake is not hiding sensitive information such as password lists, bank details, and cheques. It only takes a ‘lost’ customer or a crook posing as a gas boiler inspector to see this information and take a picture on their phone. Always keep this information in a safe or stored digitally in an encrypted folder. 

Failing To Run Identity Checks

Many companies fail to have a screening process in place when hiring new staff or working with new clients. Consider putting in place an identity check – you can find services for implementing these checks at sites like jumio.com/trusted-identity/netverify/. This could prevent you from working with a fraud.

Not Backing Up Files

Backing up files is essential. Ransomware attacks are a common form of theft used by hackers that involve holding files hostage until a payment is made (they may lock these files so that you can’t access them). Backing up your files can keep them safe – you could do this by storing them on the cloud or on an external hard-drive or even as physical copies.

Not Rehearsing A Response Plan

When there is a security breach, do you exactly how you’ll react? A lot of businesses don’t have an emergency response plan in place. A data breach could result in you responding slowly. This could also result in more damage. Know who to call and how to end these types of attack. Security measures such as turning off the wi-fi or blocking off access to your cloud files are excellent ways to ensure data safety.  

Not Training Employees To Follow Security Protocol

There’s no use having security in place if your employees aren’t aware of how to use. Make sure that employees aren’t setting simple passwords, opening suspicious emails, or storing sensitive information out in the open. In addition, it’s also worth rehearsing a response plan with your employees.