The world of internet security has grown far beyond its modest beginnings. At the dawn of the age of the internet, the thought of security didn’t go much passed the occasional anti-virus software and regular updates. Now however, security online should be at the front of your mind each and every time you turn on your computer, cell phone or tablet. All your personal information is stored online now, from tax records to health records to banking information and more, so whether you’re securing your own personal data, or you’ve got much larger business data to worry about, it’s important to remember these security tips.

According to a recent infographic from security provider Digital Guardian, more than one billion records were stolen online in 2014, an increase of more than 70 percent from 2013. In fact, 47 percent of all adults in the country had some personal data exposed during a hacking attack in 2014. Keep in mind that every time you’re online, whether you’re at home or at the office, you’re exposing your data to the world.

The types of attacks can be numerous. Your email list could be accessed, and an attacker could send malware-laced emails to your contacts. Attacks can seem very personal or as though they’ve been sent from trusted friends or coworkers. It’s also common for hackers to get access to one email address and password combo, then use that to try to access the rest of your personal information. When it comes to securing your business network, there is so much secure information being sent online that you owe it to yourself and your clients to conduct business as safely and securely as possible.

You want to allow your employees access to the internet while they’re at work. It’s helpful and an amazing tool for nearly every job, however, your business’s security policies must be at the forefront of every employee manual. Be sure to always use different passwords and to keep them as complex as possible. Always weigh any risks before you share important information online, especially if it’s about your company or clients. Keep your social media profiles private, and be careful with everything you share online. Also, never share anything sensitive about you, your clients or your business, including financial accounts or other data, especially if that information could be used to compromise your accounts.



This article was written by Deborah Flomberg for Small Business Pulse



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