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The internet has earned a reputation for being dangerous. While the benefits it brings to the business world are undeniable, the internet certainly has its drawbacks too. All it takes is one wrong move, and there are hackers waiting to get into your systems and wreak havoc. This is why cybersecurity must be taken seriously. Sadly, many small ventures are unaware of the risks, so continue to slip up. With that in mind, here are six huge cybersecurity mistakes to avoid.

  1. Assuming That You’re Safe

We usually assume that hackers are only interested in infiltrating large organizations. After all, any rational crook would invest time and energy into a venture that offers a high return. The trouble is, large companies often have armies of security experts at their disposal. Small ventures, on the other hand, have less money for cybersecurity, making them a prime target.

 

  1. Skimping On Staff Training

A hacker could strike at any time, taking advantage of any weakness. Because of this, you must make sure that your employees understand how to avoid being in that situation, and what to do if they find themselves there. Cybersecurity risks can’t be understood or dealt with by an untrained person. You have to invest in cybersecurity staff training to avoid putting the business at risk. 

 

  1. Handling Security In-House

Training your employees and buying antivirus software isn’t enough to protect your venture. To secure your data, it makes sense to use enterprise IT services. Although your IT staff should be able to keep up with any day-to-day demands, you don’t want to overwork them. Having an expert on-site will provide you with specialized resources and tools, as well as peace of mind. 

 

  1. Putting Off Software Updates

New IT vulnerabilities are found every day. What’s more, these vulnerabilities are often disclosed publicly on hacking and cybersecurity websites. That means that anyone skilled and interested enough to do so has an opportunity to take advantage. Although software updates can carry out automatically, it’s important that you don’t purposefully put off updates for one reason or another. 

 

  1. Using An Easy Password

A password exists for a reason, so it isn’t something that should be taken lightly. If you’ve noticed security software prompts to update or strengthen your password, you must listen to them. Having an easy password risks someone guessing it and getting at your data. Make sure you also adopt good password hygiene, by keeping passwords to yourself, rather than sharing them.

 

  1. Connecting To Public Wifi

Many small companies operate without business premises. Instead, they allow their employees to telecommute, which might mean working from home or from coffee shops and libraries. The trouble is, the public wifi available in places like coffee shops isn’t safe. Because of this, you should ask that employees only use these connections when using a VPN. 

 

The internet is a dangerous place, especially for small businesses. To protect your venture from hackers and other crooks, try to avoid making the mistakes listed above.

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