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Security On The Net: Concern for People who Work From Home?

by Dan on November 4, 2011

Don’t let the issue of online security hamper your plans for success on the internet

Dan Little

Reading the news recently one can’t help but notice that there are a variety of articles available about high profile internet security breaches. These include attacks on the British security service and engineering firms, as well as multiple attacks on American and Chinese sites. Perhaps even more worrisome is that the government is well-prepared to defend against such attacks, which surely leaves little hope for those of us who aren’t.

A recent article on stated that cyber crime is reaching ‘a disturbing level’, with some credit card details on sale for just 70p (that’s about $1.12). If this is the case, how can a business on the internet possibly hope to protect their financial interests online?

Well, regardless of what measures you take there will always be a risk, but there is no reason why you can’t minimise this risk. Just in the same way that a land-based business will never be able to eliminate the threat of robbery, an internet business can never eliminate the threat of cyber-attack.

So, what can you do to help secure your business from cyber attacks?

  • Use a router or a modem with a high-quality built in firewall. Make sure that you change the admin and password details for your router as well, just to ensure that no-one can secretly disable your firewall. Your router’s instructions should provide you with details of how to do this.
  • What is a firewall? A firewall is an automated security system that detects unauthorised access to your computer and shuts it down before it manages to infiltrate your system. However, like any wall, it can be broken. So you should also:   Install a second firewall, anti-virus and spyware detection on your computer. Use reputable products to avoid sub-standard service and make sure you update them regularly. If you have a firewall on your computer too, you make your system doubly hard to penetrate.
  • Use different passwords for everything, but write them down in a folder and padlock them in a safe. This means that if you forget one you can easily access your files, but that people trying to access them won’t be able to crack one password and then use it to access everything you have.
  • Be aware of scams: it sounds simple, but don’t reply to suspicious junk mail, never give out your bank details to anyone who just asks for them and always try and verify that people are who they say they are. IF you’re unsure, give their telephone number a ring and make sure that it is actually the company trying to reach you.

If you follow these simple guidelines you can minimise the risks posed to you and your online business. In all my years of owning an online company, I’ve followed these principles and have not been cyber-robbed. However, I don’t plan on becoming complacent any time soon, and neither should you!  Nevertheless, don’t let the issue of online security hamper your plans for success on the internet.

Hope this helps.


Dan Little

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