This post is based on a contribution I made to the free ebook Tips to Protect Your Business from Cybercrime by Microsoft and Small Business Trends.
Digital marketing and the internet in general have opened up a lot of opportunities in today’s business environment. Small business “Davids” can now complete with the big brand “Goliaths.”
On the flip side, it also opens businesses up to cybercrime such as phishing, database breaches, malware, etc. Small businesses are particularly susceptible. But fortunately, there are ways to protect your business.
Checklist for Avoiding Cybercrime
- Check web hosting platform. This plays an important role in your site’s security, so it’s a good place to start when securing your business against cybercrime. You’ll want to check with your web host provider about what they do and/or recommend to keep your site secure.
- Update WordPress. If, like many businesses, you’re using WordPress as a content management system (CMS), that’s a another area you’ll want to focus on. Don’t put off updates; new versions of WordPress are often designed to fix known security issues.
- Beware of plugins. Plugins can also cause security holes, so limit your use of plugins whenever possible. Also, don’t overlook plugin updates.
For more tips for avoiding cybercrime from other experts such as John Jantsch, David Wallace, and more, download the full ebook.