National Internet Safety Month

Tips for staying safe online and protecting your privacy

The internet is a part of our daily routine at work. We use it to communicate with clients, stock up on office supplies, post to social media, and so much more. Unfortunately, it does come with some security concerns. So, it’s no wonder that there is a month dedicated to internet safety. In recognition of June as National Internet Safety Month, here are some ways to protect your business when using the internet. 

Educate Employees

Talk to your staff about the importance of online safety. Train them on how to recognize phishing attempts, create strong passwords, and use security measures like two-factor authentication.

Secure Networks

Ensure that your business's Wi-Fi network is secure by using encryption and a strong password. Regularly update your router's firmware and consider implementing a virtual private network (VPN) for added security, especially when accessing sensitive information remotely.

Update Software Regularly

Keep all software, including operating systems, web browsers, and antivirus programs, up to date with the latest security patches. Hackers often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software to gain access to systems.

Backup Data

Regularly backup your business data and store it securely either on-site or in the cloud. In the event of a cyberattack or data breach, having backups ensures that you can recover essential information without significant disruption to your operations.

Use Secure Communication Tools

When communicating with clients, partners, or employees online, opt for secure messaging platforms or encrypted email services to protect sensitive information from interception.

Monitor and Respond to Threats

Invest in cybersecurity solutions that provide real-time monitoring and threat detection. Promptly respond to any suspicious activity or security incidents to mitigate potential damage.

Create a Response Plan

Develop a comprehensive incident response plan outlining the steps to take in the event of a cyberattack or data breach. Regularly review and update the plan to adapt to evolving threats.

Seek Professional Assistance

If managing cybersecurity measures seems overwhelming, consider seeking assistance from cybersecurity experts or hiring a managed security service provider to help protect your business's online assets.

By prioritizing online safety and implementing these tips, businesses can reduce their risk of falling victim to cyberattacks and protect their privacy and client information. ICC can help keep your data and devices secure and performing at their best. ICC’s managed services include network security, email security, and quality control reviews. If you are missing one piece of the pie, you may be putting your business at risk and not being fully efficient. Contact us to get started with a consultation.

June 1, 2024