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Secure Your Business for Safer Internet Day

6 February 2018 by Jenn Granger

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Business professionals debate cyber security

 

The internet’s landscape is forever changing: there over 1.8 billion websites out there in the ether with this number growing every day.

While it may seem baffling that babies born in the year 2000 are now fully-formed voting adults (yes, you heard correctly), we must accept that new children join the internet masses every year. With so many users and potential threats out there, it’s vital to safeguard the well-being of this new tech generation.

Today marks Safer Internet Day 2018 (SID) and focuses on making the internet a friendlier, more secure place for children and young people. Schools, charities, the police force and football clubs celebrate this global event, aiming to raise awareness of young peoples’ wellbeing as they surf the web.

Making your business a safe space on the web benefits the internet as a whole. But what does this mean for business professionals and how can you make a difference?

 

Startups

New businesses can often be keen to dive straight in and get things on the road when it comes to their websites or trading, but before that happens it’s vital to ensure all your staff are up to date with the latest tech news. Keeping on top of the risks out there – such as phishing scams, Trojan viruses and the dangers of hacking – means that your staff can stop breaches in their tracks.

Invest in the best in-house or outsourced training to ensure your business thrives and keeps those nasty glitches at bay. New recruits will also need training on arrival to keep the good times rolling for your business.

With this valuable training in place, staff will easily be able to ensure that you have adequate security protection in place on your business IT infrastructure. This is essential for keeping employees and businesses online as well as protecting customers in the event of a virus or cyberattack.

 

Big Businesses

Keep your reputation sparkling with the best quality content out there – large enterprises with a responsive media presence are viewed as reliable resources when it comes to trending topics and current affairs. With the Fake News phenomenon on the rise, finding the correct information for your website is paramount (or you might be left with some serious egg on your face).

Double or triple-source your information from reputable websites and publications to ensure all the information is correct and does not give out misinformation.

Providing the public with valuable, informative news is crucial to creating a safer, more enlightened, web.

 

Freelancers

Working at home or on the move, it can be difficult to keep all your data in one place. When accepting new commissions or projects, freelancers often exchange bank details with larger businesses over the web, meaning that those figures are held in various email accounts across the internet.

Protect your digits against hackers by encrypting your data and using passwords. This might require extra software or programmes, but it’s worth it to keep your bank balance under wraps. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and send your details in separate emails so that if hackers do gain access your information is difficult to piece together.

 

These simple measures are easy to work into your daily habits and, before long, your company will be flying safely!

UKFast is dedicated to making your business secure. Take part in making the internet a safer place for everyone and take the pledge #ItStartsWithUs.

 

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