Cyber security is a necessity for every online entrepreneur. It's like prevention is better than cure! Cleaning up all the misery that has arisen as a result of malware such as viruses or back doors. Prevention from hackers or intruders, from phishing or social engineering, or from other cyber-criminal activities is time consuming and costly.

The misery often does not only concern (financial) damage, but can also affect your reputation and even business continuity. Data Protection Security can be prevented to a large extent by formulating a strict policy and taking firm measures to protect internet security.

Time is getting changed the future is digital. More and more companies are facing difficulties and threads with a cyber-incident. Therefore, data protection security is now becoming essential for all small and large businesses. Now the question is no longer if, but when you will have to deal with this.

As an entrepreneur it is therefore important to have your cyber resilience in order. But how do you actually do this? You may not know where to start or you may be overlooking things. These are five tips to assess and improve your company's cybersecurity culture by training your staff and encouraging good behavior.

Back up your data
And do this regularly. From your computer, but also think of photos and files on your phone and tablet. This way you limit the damage if your files are held hostage by ransomware.

Run updates
Of all your software. This prevents viruses from exploiting vulnerabilities in old versions of programs. It helps to set up automatic update for this. Find out how to set this up for your operating system and your internet browser here.

Avoid Irrelevant Emails
Don't just click on attachments or links in emails. Learn to recognize fake emails. With this, criminals try to steal your personal information or install malware on your computer. You will find a number of characteristics by which you can recognize a false e-mail. A lot of information can also be found about identity fraud.

Turn on two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is another way that you can help to protect your online accounts from being hacked. You can add another slab for data protection security and choose to have a code sent or generated on your device, like your phone, that you can use to authenticate who you are every time you log in. That way, even if someone gets access to the account password, if they don’t have your phone to receive the code they can’t get into your accounts.

Avoid sensitive transactions on free wifi
It’s good to be careful about what you do online when you’re using a hotspot or free wifi. If you’re logging on at a cafe, as these networks are often unsecure. When a network is unsecure, anyone can access it and get hold of your data. You’re also at risk of people ‘shoulder surfing’ — looking over your shoulder to try and see the login details for your online accounts. So while it’s to check the news or the weather, try to keep more sensitive transaction use to a minimum.

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Misty Jhones