Sunday, 26 July 2015

How Can Small Business Owners Protect Their Business Data?

When it comes to business data, the laws are very strict. Don't take care of it and allow it to fall in the wrong hands and the end is pretty much assured for your business. While we agree that laws are laws, regardless of how harsh they are, we also agree that business owners have the responsibility to protect their business data... and that sometimes, it's easier said than done.

If you own a small business in Edmonton, then we cannot stress enough the importance of being informed. So without further ado, here are 4 little tips that you can follow in order to protect your business data:
  1. Encrypt your data. This is your first line of defense against hackers. If you don't know how to encrypt your data properly, plenty of resources are available online.
  2. Use strong passwords. And make sure that you don't use the same one more than once.
  3. Back up your data. Really, is anyone out there NOT backing up their data? If you own a small business in Edmonton, failure to back up your data could end up in disaster. Don't make this mistake -- it can be avoided so easily.
  4. Be careful who you share your data with. Hire employees who you know you can trust. Likewise, make sure to teach them how to keep data safe -- assuming that they don't know already how to do so.
  5. Don't store important data when you don't need it. This is quite self-explanatory. Make sure that you have a good plan when it comes to your data, and more importantly, make sure to stick with it!
  6. Beware of where you store your data. This is especially important if you own a small business. Too often, people store important data on their own personal laptop. This is a big no no!