Heads Up, Small Businesses: Take Your Data Security Seriously

Small businesses may seem like easy targets when it comes to data theft. Don’t become a statistic.

A lack of resources and a false sense of security can make small businesses enticing targets for hackers.  Breaches at large companies make the headlines, but small companies are at risk too.  Don’t be a small business statistic — take your data security seriously.

Secure Your Network

Hide the company WiFi network, and password protect the network and router.  Install a firewall on all computers accessing your business network on a regular basis.

Stay Up To Date On Software

The best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats is to keep all software current, including web browsers.

Back It Up

If an employee leaves a company laptop on the bus, you can replace the laptop. But it would be a major expense to have to re-establish completed work. Consider hard drive backup and cloud backup.

Be Proactive

Create security policies so you know who is responsible for data security and how they should handle sensitive data in your company.  List the consequences should someone violate cybersecurity policies. There should also be a game plan for addressing a potential cybersecurity issue and how to resolve it.

Destroy Old Hard Drives

If you have to replace your computers, don’t trash your old machines.  Maybe you can’t be bothered to dig into old hardware and search for usable data, but what if someone else can? Unless you performed a non-default low-level formatting, your data is still there and waiting to be harvested.

The most effective way to ensure complete data destruction on a defunct hard drive is to pulverize the assembly through hard drive shredding. A hard drive shredder is a mechanical device that destroys old hard drives in such a way that the data they contain cannot be recovered.

What’s more, electronics contain a lot of precious materials that cost huge amounts of energy to make, therefore they shouldn’t end up in a landfill damaging our environment. After physical destruction, a hard drive is disposed of in an environmentally safe and ethical manner.

It is a fact that hard drives eventually fail and sometimes warning signs precede the end of their lifetime.  Protect your business and take small business data security seriously through hard drive destruction services.

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