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Tips for small businesses to be safe online
Today almost every business whether big or small, uses internet for conducting their day to day
activities. Companies use the internet for business activities like cloud computing, email access,
online research and social networking. If you are running a small business, it is very important for
you to protect your data and infrastructure. In this article, we at Zero Effort Networking will provide
some tips on how you can protect your business data and infrastructure from hackers and cyber
Be smart with hackers
Passwords are the most important thing that saves your data from the hackers. You should create
strong passwords that are difficult to guess. Passwords should be a combination of uppercase,
lowercase letters, digits and special characters as hackers make systematic guesses based on
commonly used words. Set all your software to update automatically and install antivirus and
antimalware programs on your system.
Beware of Ransomware
Ransomware is a type of malware that is specifically designed to convince you that your computer
contains viruses and you need to purchase software to remove it. You should use only the software
made by reputed companies and download them from reputed websites.
Browse the internet securely
You should educate your employees to browse the internet securely. Employees should not enter
the financial or personal information on any website that seems insecure. A secure website has a
URL starting with https://.
Make policies for staff and volunteers
You should establish policies for staff and volunteers which include guidelines to use the systems
and internet. Make an acceptable use policy for your employees to use the office equipment and
make sure they have read and understood it completely.
Avoid Social Engineering
Even having strong passwords cannot save you from social engineering tricks. You will be asked to
provide personal information through social engineering. Always remember not to provide your
personal or financial information over phone or email. Don’t respond the suspicious emails or offers
that seem too good to be true.
Secure your systems and mobile devices
You need to keep your laptops, mobiles and tablet PC’s as these things can be easily stolen.
Important business data should be stored on multiple devices. All the devices and systems should
be secured with password encryption.

Be careful while using public computers
Every public computer should be considered as a security risk. All the computers at public locations
like computer labs, airports, cyber cafes or stores provide public access. These computers are usually
in the Kiosk mode which means they don’t save your data or information, but this should not be
always considered. Never use public computers for financial transactions. Use the private browsing
mode while accessing your emails or social media accounts as it does not save your information
when you close the browser.
Use Public WiFi with Caution
Almost all public WiFi are insecure and should be used only for nonessential browsing. You should
never use public WiFi for financial transactions. Use only WiFi networks that have some kind of builtin security. A Virtual Private Network is can help you to avoid some of these risks. If your employees
work remotely it is better to set up a VPN.
Be cautious while using social media
When your employees use social media they should know what is expected of them. You should also
have a social media policy that must be followed by your staff. They should not tag or mention
anyone in the social media post as it reveals more information than the user can think.
Limit what you share
Hackers could use your personal information to find you on social media. What you post or share
online could affect your current or future job and credit. Ensure your company’s privacy, reputation,
and safety while your employees use social media.
For more information on online safety and managed it services Sydney you may call us at 1300 93 94
95 or email us at info@zen.net.au and we will be happy to assist you.

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