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It is fair to say that there are few things more important to the survival of any company that operates online than making sure that its systems and data are secure. So, why do so many small business owners overlook this important aspect of their security? There’s always the tendency to think that because we own small businesses, we don’t attract attention. Surely, if someone’s looking to hack a company and profit by it they’d go for a big fish, not a little guppy like your firm, right?

Not necessarily. After all, little guppies may be small, but they’re harder to catch than a trophy fish. Likewise, if you’re a hacker looking to score some quick cash or trying to steal some IDs, bigger isn’t always better. On the contrary, smaller companies are targeted precisely because they’re not as suspecting and their systems are typically weaker than the Walmarts and Wells Fargos of the world.

As a small business owner, therefore, it is imperative that you keep these basic data protection tips in mind.

Back Everything up

If decades of lost saves should have taught you anything by now, it’s to always back everything up. Make sure that no one hack can steal, delete, or destroy the only copies of certain data.

“The Call’s Coming From Inside the House”

Or, at least, from within your company itself. While it sounds like something out of the movies, disgruntled employees and corporate espionage are real, and real threats at that. Be sure that your systems are secured not just against external threats, but against one person with access having the ability to hack or ruin things for everyone else.

Upgrade Your Cybersecurity

One of the most common problems small business owners face when it comes to facing cyber threats is being complacent with their protection. When it comes to cybersecurity, you can’t simply sit on your hands, because the hackers aren’t. Make sure that you have the latest form of antivirus, VPN, and other cybersecurity measures.

With these steps, you’ll be able to make sure your company is kept as safe as possible from hackers.