Protect your business online

Protect Your Business Online

Online security is becoming more important than ever. While there’s no bulletproof way to prevent a cyber attack, here are some easy tips to help you keep your personal information safe and secure.

Protect Your Business Online

    Take care of your data

    <h3>Only collect the data you need</h3> <p>The more data you hold about your customers, the higher your security risk. This data is valuable to attackers so reduce your risk by only collecting what you need.</p> <h3>Back up your data</h3> <p>Regularly back up your business data. Set your backups to happen automatically and store them somewhere secure offline. You can then restore your data if it’s lost, leaked or stolen</p> <h3>Set up logs</h3> <p>Logs record all the actions people take on your website or server. Set up alerts to notify you if an unusual event occurs. Make sure someone checks the logs when an alert comes in.</p> <h3>Create an incident response plan</h3> <p>An incident response plan will help you get your business back up and running quickly if your business is targeted by cyber attack. Talk to your staff about the plan ahead of time.</p> <h3>Choose the right cloud services</h3> <p>Select a cloud services provider who will provide the right services for your business. Check their data and security policies. Ask if they’ll do backups and if they offer 2FA.</p>

    Personal information

    <h3>Implement two-factor authentication (2FA)</h3> <p>Make sure anyone who logs in to your system has to provide something else on top of their username and password, to verify that they are who they say they are.</p> <h3>Change default passwords</h3> <p>Check for default passwords on any new hardware or software. If you find any default credentials, change the passwords for them</p> <h3>Use creative recovery answers</h3> <p>Common security answers like your pets name or your school can be easy for an attacker to find out. Choose novel answers that aren’t necessarily real.</p> <h3>Choose unique passwords</h3> <p>Create unique passwords for each account – that way if an attacker gets hold of one of your passwords, they can’t get access to all of your other accounts.</p> <h3>Don’t give out personal info</h3> <p>Legitimate-looking emails are very clever at trying to trick us into giving away personal or financial information. Stop and check if you know who the email is from.</p> <h3>Be smart with social media</h3> <p>What you post on social media can give cyber criminals information that they can use against you. Set your privacy so only friends and family can see your details.</p>

    Protect your Financial information

    <h3>Check financial details manually</h3> <p>If you need to pay a new supplier, or to change bank details, double check it manually — by phone or text — before you approve any payments. Do this for any unusual or unexpected requests too.</p> <h3>Check bank statements regularly</h3> <p>Keeping an eye on your bank statements could be the first tip-off that someone has accessed your accounts. Ring your bank immediately if you see something suspicious.</p> <h3>Get a regular credit check</h3> <p>An annual credit check will alert you if someone else is using your details to get loans or credit.</p>

    Keep an eye on your Networks and devices

    <h3>Install software updates</h3> <p>Stop attackers getting access to your business network through known vulnerabilities, by regularly installing the latest software. Software updates often contain security fixes.</p> <h3>Secure your devices</h3> <p>Enable security software, like antivirus, to prevent malicious software being downloaded to any device that accesses your business data or systems. Free online antivirus software can be fake. Purchase antivirus software from a reputable company and run it regularly.</p> <h3>Secure your network</h3> <p>Configure network devices like firewalls and web proxies to secure and control connections in and out of your business network. Use a VPN that uses 2FA if you need to remotely access systems on your network.</p> <h3>Be cautious of free WiFi networks</h3> <p>Be careful using free Wifi and hot spots - they are untrusted networks so others could see what you are doing.</p>

    Report It

    <p>If you, your friend, or your business experiences an online incident, report it to CERT NZ. CERT NZ is a government agency that helps New Zealanders identify cyber security issues and guides them in resolving them. <a href="https://www.cert.govt.nz/individuals/report-an-issue/" target="_blank">Report</a> an issue.</p>

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