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Your businesses’ cybersecurity must be a top consideration, regardless of the industry and size of your online presence. These days, it only takes a good idea combined with a sound strategy to go online and reach millions around the world. The same can be said about a hacker who only needs a good idea which websites are vulnerable and come up with a sound strategy to infiltrate them.

Running an online business can make owners feel like having a target on their back. Digital information theft has now become bigger than physical theft due to it being the most-reported fraud out there. Scammers, hackers and identity thieves prey relentlessly on businesses, whether they’re big ones that have lots of assets or small ones that are usually weak and defenseless.

Here are a couple of tested ways you can apply to protect your growing business online.

Acquire Domain Privacy Protection

Everyone can see your information on whois, the world’s largest domain database. Your name, address and phone number that’s submitted when you register your domain can be accessed publicly by anyone at any time. This is bad news if your name and contact info are collected by a spammer, hacker or identity thief.

Keep your personal data private and secure from whois by acquiring and activating Domain Privacy protection, which shields your personal information from the public whois database.

Select a good hosting service

All successful online business has a professional website coupled with the appropriate hosting solution from a reputable company. Ensure that your online platform or website is hosted by a dependable and PCI compliant web hosting service provider. This ensures that your site’s payment and checkout processes are secured from hackers who constantly look for loopholes they can exploit.

And while free hosting is enticing, we suggest not considering it as an option for your online business because more than the limited speed and shared server space, free hosting can also be highly risky when it comes to security. If you want to safeguard your sensitive information, your visitor’s data, or their credit card information, free hosting isn’t recommended.

If possible, the best practice is to find a secure hosting that offers SSL certificate. This will mark your website with HTTPS, which stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. With this certificate, you can be ensured that all communication between your users’ browser and your website is encrypted.

Educate Your Staff on Cyber Safety

The truth is even the best security software won’t be effective if your staff don’t know the basic things about the potential security risks. Your business can still be in danger if they are unaware that pop-ups, emails, or shady links they receive, can utterly damage your online business. Because of this, they need to be informed on best practices when it comes to these as well as how to protect their devices by electing a strong password. It’s also vital to educate them about anti-virus programs that are necessary to keep their devices clean. 

Knowing the ways to protect your online business from potential security threats is vital in ensuring your online success. If you prefer not to lose precious time and money or negatively impact your company’s reputation, you must pay attention to security. These 5 tested ways are your first line of defense to make sure that your business data, devices, and network are safe and secure online.

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