Protect yourself: Cyberthieves are everywhere

Everyone knows that having strong locks, a security alarm and perhaps a security guard will help protect your business from a physical break in. But what about the sneaky cyberthieves you can’t see coming? There are several things you must implement to protect yourself, your livelihood and your client or customer data. Here are a few essential tips:

  • Encrypt your data. Software programs are available to help you do this.
  • Use strong passwords and change them often. The longer the password, the better.
  • Back up your files often, daily if possible. Using the cloud is a great option.
  • Avoid public WiFi. If you do one thing, forbid all use of public WiFi for work activities.
  • Provide alternatives such as a mobile virtual private network (VPN) for employees to use when they’re not in the office.
  • Install antivirus software and use firewalls to protect you from unwanted intrusions.
  • Keep your operating systems up to date with the latest security features.
  • Develop policies for suspicious emails. This means educating your employees on how to recognize phishing and other suspicious emails.


Cyberattacks have become common, and there is no better investment for your business than a good security plan. If you aren’t confident you can create one on your own, hire an expert.