October is National Cyber Security Month. This is the time to evaluate your company’s website, computers, mobile devices and business practices to ensure they are safe from security problems, viruses, malware and spammers. According to a recent survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), one-quarter of all U.S. computer users were notified within the last year that their credit card numbers, passwords and other personal information was compromised.
As a business owner, you want your customers to have service and a shopping environment free of personal privacy agreements and viruses. Take some time before the month is up to evaluate your company’s cyber security protocols and practices. Here are a 7 tips to implement in observance of National Cyber Security Month that you might not have thought of yet.
1. Make sure your website is secure and that your encryption coding is sufficient and up-to-date. As an e-commerce site, display your security icons where shoppers can see them and use HyperText Transfer Protocol with Secure Sockets Layer (https) in your URL.
2. If your company filters blog comments for spam, be sure to take the time to go through them and approve the comments that are spam-free. People who make comments like to see that their time is well spent.
3. Use strong passwords in the development of your website and for your databases that contain customer information. Use discretion when sharing them with others, even in your company.
4. Take the time to read the privacy policies on every social media website where you or your company are registered. Update all privacy settings as needed.
5. When you give permission for other websites to post on your social media timelines to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, take a moment to read and understand exactly what you are agreeing to before you say yes.
6. Remember that while it only takes two seconds to post something online, you can never completely erase something from the Internet. Share with care.
7. Stay alert and aware. Do an Internet search for your company name. You might be surprised at what type of information pops up about your organization. It may or may not be something you wish to share, and it may or may not be true.
While the Internet can be a great place for companies to gain brand exposure and conduct business, take the time to do it as securely as possible.
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