Online-Security-MistakesEvery day is an online battle to keep your data safe from hackers. New threats are being developed and if you are not careful, you can fall victim to these hackers and cyber criminals. Here are some mistakes you should avoid.

Divulging too much company information on social media

There is a thin line between wanting to keep connected to your customers and attracting cyber criminals. You want to post your contact details in your social media accounts so that customers can easily reach you but if you put too much information such as your home phone number or personal cell phone for after office support then you could be in trouble. Try to separate business from your personal life. If you can’t hire an after office support team, it would be better to just post your operating hours in your social media account. Tell your customers that calls made after these hours will not be entertained. It’s one thing to go above and beyond customer service and another thing to endangering your personal data.

It’s also a good idea not to post company photos, company vehicles and equipment in your Facebook account. Just stick to your products and focus on promoting them instead of posting information that can be stolen and ruin your business.

Not protecting data

A lot of companies rely on their company’s confidential information to keep their business going. Most of these companies go to great lengths to protect their data. Any data is valuable – company information, customer information, financial reports, inventory, etc. Data can easily be stolen. It can be stolen online or your employees can steal them using a portable device. Even if you are just a small business, it’s important to take measures to protect your data. A strong password is your first line of defense. Use different passwords for different important accounts. Your devices should also be password protected.

You should also encrypt your individual files. If you are on a budget, there are free encryption tools available on the Web.

Outdated software

Your desktop software, antivirus, apps, etc. can quickly become outdated. New viruses are being developed every day and it is important that your programs are updated once an update is available. If you keep forgetting to do this, set your programs to update automatically. No program is perfect and when developers see a hole in their programs, they issue an update to patch up these holes. If the developer can detect the holes, so can intruders so be sure to update your software regularly.

Avoiding these mistakes is the first step to strengthening your company’s security.

Ian Gomez is a technology blogger with a BA in Science. He regularly writes about the importance of security onland and in the virtual world. You can find his personal blog at www.cctv-systems.org where he blogs about CCTV.