Top tips for your cyber security

In order to minimize the risk for a security breach to your website and/or private information on your site, it is critical that you have certain precautionary measures in place. Here are 6 essential tips to help your cyber security.

  1. Have a business account for transactions - It may come as a surprise to you, but many small businesses do not have a dedicated account to handle transactions. This is a major security risk for both the customer as well as for the business. For the customer, the information is more at risk because the extra securities which are typically in place for businesses are not present. For the business owner, using a personal account over a business account puts you at risk for personal as well business losses should there ever be a breach.

  2. Use a secure and well-known ecommerce platform – Like most things associated with business, performing some background checking into the platform to ensure the validity of the ecommerce platform is essential to having top cyber security. Look for platforms which use object-oriented programming and always ensure you use a reputable threat detection tool.

  3. Keep your administration ecommerce site off public servers – Check with your hosting provider as to the options for having a dedicated internal network server used for all administration tasks. By doing this you eliminate the ability for public users to access sensitive information and data. The only ones who can access the administration on an internal network server is the authenticated users and admin.

  4. Don’t appear to be a novice get your SQL licenses – Unless you are a large business which has its own server and software, the odds are that somewhere in the pipeline you will have the option of SQL Licensing. It is very important that you have SQL licensing. Firstly, the SQL shows users that the site is secured and safe. This helps with gaining more customers. Secondly, showing that your site is secured and that it is monitored helps to divert would be hackers from your site. Sites which do not have SQL generally load with a cautionary icon. This icon is a magnet for would-be hackers to attack your site because it is already marked as insecure.

  5. Upgrade from FREE sites and hosting – If you are using WordPress, you can have a free account. While business accounts are supposed to be separate, many smaller entrepreneurs continue to use free templates and hosting for their businesses. This is just asking for security issues. One of the reasons why these sites allow for free hosting and for free website building is because all the sites are, for lack of a better word, dumped into a public network. Anyone who is dedicated and determined can access your information. Business sites and upgrading to a business site typically takes your site out of the public network and places it on a dedicated server.

  6. Request an original business tax number, don’t use your social – Sole proprietor businesses typically do not receive an original business tax number. Instead, the business is told to have the owner use their social security number as the tax number. While this may be somewhat convenient, it is a huge security risk. All that a hacker needs to do to ruin your finances, both personally and professionally, is to have access to your security number. And, if you are using your social for all of your business tax verification forms, the likelihood of such a breach is high. If you do not have an original tax identification number, ask your local business licensing department to issue you one.

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