Securing your home business is one of the most important considerations to have in mind, especially as you’re working on growth. Sadly, a lot of newer business owners forget to protect their assets and themselves from various security-related threats. This can easily lead to data breaches or even lost business due to complacency. So in order to secure your home business and avoid problems, here are five things you need to do right now to protect your business.
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1. Back Up Your Business Data
It’s a good idea to backup Google Drive securely and regularly if you aren’t already. The purpose of this is to always ensure that there’s a recent backup of your data in the event that it’s lost in an accident. The backup should either be in a secure drive that isn’t connected to your network (other than when it’s being updated) or it should be in the cloud on a service like Google Drive.
If you ever lose your data due to a hardware issue or if the data is corrupted somehow, then it should be easy to restore from a backup and continue running your business. If you only have a single location for all of your data and it’s somehow lost or corrupted, then it will ruin your business.
2. Enable Additional Verification Methods
If you login to all of your services using just a username or email and password, then you’ve got to start using additional verification methods. This ensures that even if someone has your password, they can’t get into your accounts for various services because they don’t have an additional verification method.
This can be a code sent to your smartphone, to your email, or even the use of an authenticator on your phone that generates a code. If the service you use doesn’t offer 2FA or MFA, then you may want to consider using a different service if possible.
3. Check if You’re in a Data Breach
Use a website such as Have I Been Pwned to check if your email is in a data breach. If it is, it’s likely that your associated passwords are also a part of that breach. This ultimately means that your email and password combination could be used in a password spraying attack, meaning people will attempt to use it on multiple different services.
In the event that you use the same email and password for different services, you may be vulnerable to having personal information stolen or even your access to services revoked due to suspicious activity.
4. Secure Your Home Network
Your home network should always be secure in the event that someone tries to break into it in an attempt to steal files or cause chaos. This isn’t very common, but there may be people looking to crack WiFi passwords for fun or profit. These people may have access to your network-stored files if you’re not careful.
5. Physically Protect Your Business Space
Every successful business needs to be physically protected–and not just from burglars and thieves. If you live with your family, then it’s entirely possible that someone accidentally turns off your important computers or spills something on them. Accidents happen, so make sure your business space is physically protected so that nothing bad can occur.
As you can see, it’s worthwhile taking steps to secure your home business. You worked hard to build it up and it deserves to thrive and be a great success.
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