We often spend our time in this space talking about how businesses should use the internet to market themselves, or how a professional web development and marketing company can cut your costs, but we don't give out a lot of tips on how to keep the information that you have safe. Today, we'll give out a few tips on how to make sure that your information stays where it is supposed to, and not in the pockets of hackers and thieves.
- Tip #1 - STOP USING WINDOWS XP (Or any other outdated software) OK, this seems unnecessary to some people. Why would I move on from XP? Everything in the office works just fine with XP, why should I pay to update? Well, the reason is security. Microsoft has announced that they will no longer support XP, which means no more security updates. While many office managers think "Good, now I don't have to run these updates on all of my employees' computers!", this is actually a huge security issue. Almost every update that runs on your computer is meant for security. Running these helps keep malicious hackers out of your system and information, and helps your IT guy sleep at night. Staying with Windows XP at this point is akin to driving a car with no seatbelt. You can do it, but you're an unsafe fool if you do.
- Tip #2 - Use better passwords Passwords are the gateway to your system. They're there for YOUR protection, not as an impediment to your day. If you can't learn to remember one complicated password, that you may be in trouble for the rest of your career. Passwords should be at LEAST 10 characters, including capitals, numbers, and symbols. If anyone reading this has "password" as their password, then we need to talk. If you're "admin" "password", then you're most likely already hacked and sending spam from a rootkit in your machine.
- Tip #3 - If you use a phone, laptop, or tablet for business, it needs a password as well These devices need to be code locked if they have any personal or company information stored on them. Even if you have to put in tour password every time you check your email, that is not good enough. Password locks are designed to keep people from accessing your devices if they are separated from you. They're not a punishment, they are a necessity.
- Tip #4 - Make sure to change default passwords on everything Your router, modem, laptop, or other device may come with a pre-programmed user name and password, which may make you think it is safe to use these. After all, it's included! However, hackers and thieves know these, and they're the first tries against your system when they try to break in. Leaving the default password is akin to leaving a key in the lock on your front door. Anyone can come in, if they bother to use it.
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