How to Protect Your Online Business in 5 Simple Steps

Running a business online has numerous benefits that will make your work a lot easier, but it also has a huge downside you need to know of.

That downside lies in Internet security and the fact that many people don’t care nearly as much as they should about how safe they are on the Internet.

It’s easy to get unauthorized access to information via the Internet these days if the holder of the information isn’t careful enough, hackers are becoming more and more proficient at their craft and their tools are constantly improving.

To make sure that your business thrives in the long run, you will have to know how to protect your business from online threats and security breaches, or you won’t get very far without something truly scary happening.

Some examples are theft of credit card information, user credential leaks which can be both yours and your clients’ (which is arguably much worse), and so on. Any kind of information that you share and store online is potentially accessible by a hacker who’s good enough to break through your security system.

In this article, we will focus on a few points about Internet security, and inform you of the five things that you should do right now in order to decrease the chances of being targeted by a nasty cyber attack.

1. Update Your Browser and Operating System

We’re going to start with the most obvious point. The best way to instantly protect your system from security breaches is to make sure you’re using the latest version of your browser and your operating system.

The main reason updates are released in the first place is usually to patch up any potential security holes and flaws in the software; entire development teams focus on this issue day and night, so the least you can do is download their updates and receive all the free protection they’re offering you.

2. Remove Malware

Malware comes in various shapes and forms, some more dangerous than others. A lot of malicious software is simply used to hijack your browser and make you load advertisements, or to utilize your Internet connection to a large-scale DDoS attack. However, certain malware can be used for more malicious purposes than that.

Keyloggers can record your keystrokes and let the hacker figure out your passwords, and DNS hijacking malware can lead you to a fake credit card website where, if you fall for it and enter your credit card credentials, the other party receives access to your entire bank account.

If you suspect that you have malware on your computer, you’re potentially at risk of this happening, so it’s best to remove it right away.

Your operating system most likely has some built-in malware protection, to begin with, but it’s best to play safe and download a free anti-virus app to double-check if you have any dormant infection on your machine, and if so, remove it ASAP.

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3. Use a VPN

The best way to instantly and significantly enhance your Internet security is to reach the web through a VPN, instead of directly. When you connect to a VPN’s server, your connection is encrypted with a secure tunneling protocol and it receives a new IP address, so it’s much harder for a hacker to pinpoint your location, discover which ISP you’re using and read any of your online traffic.

There are a lot of great VPN providers out there for a little money, so definitely check some of them out. Just make sure they use a good tunneling protocol such as OpenVPN and that they don’t keep logs of your traffic themselves (because some of them do).

Free VPN providers are less secure and their speeds are rather poor, so we have to recommend against them. And use an SSL Certificate.

4. Train Employees in Security Basics

One of the most common reasons for a massive security breach in a company is due to an employee’s error. Whether it’s plugging in an infected flash drive in order to download some data or not changing up their passwords as frequently as they should, it’s something that you want to prevent  – and the best way to do so is to educate your employees about the potential risks, and teach them how to avoid said risks.

5. Backup Regularly

In the event of a successful cyber attack, there’s a possibility that you’ll lose everything; all your files, all your documents, everything that you’ve worked on and stored on your computer or on a Cloud-based storage service. Therefore, it’s extremely important that you keep your data in multiple places at once, and that means making regular backups.

We’d advise that you backup your data every day or at least once a week; whether you use a separate, secure Cloud service or an external hard drive is up to you, although we do recommend that you keep an offline backup next to an online one, simply because it’s easier to retrieve later and virtually impossible for hackers to get access to.

Even though he’s born on American soil, Thomas Milva has Italian blood in his veins, which can be easily deduced from his last name. He is very good at his job of Information Security Analyst and he really loves doing it. Also, you can check his BOOK about online business, which helped a great number of people. What’s more, his understanding of the job granted him the title of a writer for wefollowtech.com. He enjoys spending time in the fresh air, usually with his pet dog and his girlfriend.

130 thoughts on “How to Protect Your Online Business in 5 Simple Steps”

  1. Hello Thomas,

    Nice to see you here on Sue's space 🙂

    Great tips over here. There is always a fear in our soul, that what if our whole work, whole set up crashes down and we

    are left with nothing. What if some hacker gain access to our sites and next day every thing is vanished These things

    often strike our minds with.

    Keeping our system updated to the latest version is one of the main thing we need to do. We should check it on regular basis

    so that we can stop virus and hackers to seek into our computers.

    VPNs is so much effective, using an VPN into our system can help us from increasing an extra layer of security which can

    be tough to get through

    Back up is almost a savior thing every online person should do, our system can crash any time any where, not by the hackers or

    malwares, but due to some technically fault too, thus having a back up is strongly recommended.

    Thanks for the share.

    Shantanu

  2. Hello

    Thomas,

    Very awesome post you have written here. Yeah, Running a online business has numerous benefit that will make our work a whole lot easier. Totally agree that Now-a-days hacker are becoming more and more skilful at their craft and their tools are constantly improving.

    Tips you have share in this post is very effctive to protect our online bussiness. So, am going to follow these tips.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Best wishes,

    Praveen verma

  3. You are right Milva, many people don't give much attention to internet security even though our day to day life almost associated with the Internet.

    You have created a good list of security measures which everyone should follow. I constantly update my browser and OS, use VPN, download files from trusted source and backup all my files on a regular basis.

    I am currently working alone, so I don't have to bother training my employee, but I will keep this in mind for future when I am hiring my employee.

    Thanks Milva for your informative article. Keep doing good works.
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  4. This was very informative and enlightening as well as educational. Please keep doing this because I want to do business right and ensure that I'm protected as well.Thank you very much for enriching my life today

  5. Hey Thomas!

    Great tips… Do you know of a wordpress plugin that is great for securing the website? I badly need one. any recommendations?

  6. Hi Thomas,

    Great tips to help us protect our online business. Most of us don't necessarily pay any attention to while running our online business.

    I always make it a point to back up everything. I do it more than once, sometimes I think I may do it too much.

    I just want to make sure that I always have a backup of the most current version of my site. Just in case something happens and I have to restore it.

    I've been wanting to get a VPS. For some reason, I just put it on the back burner. However, after reading this, I may have to take the time this weekend to take another look at it again.

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  7. Thanks for writing up a great article Susan.

    "A lot of malicious software is simply used to hijack your browser and make you load advertisements" so so true. I got caught out with Mackeeper that was bundled in with freeware. It was a nightmare to remove from my system.

  8. Hello Thomas,

    Doing business online is so helpful but as you have mentioned hackers and spammers are all around and always looking to sneak in your system and destroy your business. Precaution is better than cure and it implies better to online business. Making some preventives steps can secure your online business. Thanks for sharing these great insights here.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Vishwajeet

  9. Hi Thomas,

    I can say security is more important in every online business these are really amazing tips thanks for sharing.

  10. It is easily to forget about the security when you are not an advanced tech user. Great stuff, appreciable article. Never forget also about strong passwords.

  11. Hi Thomas,

    Now a days Internet becomes part of everyones life so being survive in todays world we need be securable. The information you shared is very useful thanks for sharing this.

  12. Hmm… Thank you so much, Thomas and Sue.

    I never knew that VPN features can as well help in protecting one from cyber attack. Like you said, VPN like OperaVPN is very slow.

    Reading this has opened my eyes to couple of things I can do straightaway to beef my my site security.

    More of posts like this.

    Emenike

  13. As a business owner, your biggest responsibility is to make sure that all operations run smoothly and you limit risks. In other words, you have to do all you can to not get sued and hacked. A digital security survey conducted by Symantec, with slightly worrying statistics, emerged in 2017. According to it, a whopping 83% of small businesses operated without having a formal cyber security plan in place. Even more alarming was the fact that roughly 69% of the companies surveyed didn’t even have an informal plan in place, despite the fact that they used the internet for daily operations (without properly setting up their Wi-Fi systems or using security systems).

    This happens because most companies believe that data breaches, hackers, lawsuits and other privacy issues represent isolated incidents. They couldn’t be more wrong. Every year, legal issues and cyber attacks cost businesses over 200,000 dollars. But this doesn’t mean that it should happen to you. There are several ways in which you can protect your business online, both before an accident occurs and after the damage has been done.

    Thank you for the great article. Keep up the great work Thomas

  14. Using a VPN is a great tip. It can help protect the identification of your location and also help you upload without creating much notice. Malwarebytes is a recommended software to be installed on your PC if you have important files. Prevention is better than cure. There's no use crying over incidents after it takes place.

  15. You posted good steps here.

    I do regularly update my browser but I am slower to update my OS as whenever apple releases a new update, there are bound to be some bugs, and I let them iron out.

    I have a virus checker which also check malware. I let it run occasionally, but I should set it to run automatically every few days.

    Right now I use a VPN for encryption which additionally helps me to bypass restrictions when I am abroad. For example, accessing facebook while in China. Right now I use a VPN for encryption which additionally helps me to bypass restrictions when I am abroad. For example, accessing facebook while in China.

    My server has a cpanel backup that backs up my entire website on its hard disk. But I really should create another backup schedule onto the cloud in case something happens to the server.

    For my own computer, I mirror my data to the cloud which has a rewind feature that can recover deleted/modified files for 30 days.
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  16. Thank you for the tips Thomas.

    I have a question. Is it important that the website will have WordPress firewall? I read some mixed reviews about it. What is your opinion about it?

  17. This was great article with some very useful information at the development end. In the online market, there are also various techniques and the best is online reputation services which manage your business online presence.

  18. I didnt know that the life of our online business has something to do with technical factors such as the security of our browser and computer.

  19. These days, It’s too much important to protect our online business with VPN’s. The article has covered up almost each and everything I need!

    Helpful one. Thanks, Both, Thomas & Sue.

  20. Thanks for sharing alot for great information. We realy need take careful about protecting our online and especialy BRAND.

  21. Greate post Thomas, Like you mentioned VPN is very important it help to secure sensitive information over the public network, but can you please suggest some good malwares

  22. Thanks Thomas nice post,

    I have made lot of mistakes in past, I have lost big amount of money in Cryptocurrencies, Thus rather than shortcut to earn money I finally decided to cut all unneccasary expenses

    and save them for future and invest in some business
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  23. One of the best post I came across. I am new to the field and I often try to learn and grab knowledge from here and there. But this is one of the best posts I came across.

  24. Hi Thomas,

    Great tips to help us protect our online business. Most of us don't necessarily pay any attention to while running our online business.

    I always make it a point to back up everything. I do it more than once, sometimes I think I may do it too much.

    I just want to make sure that I always have a backup of the most current version of my site. Just in case something happens and I have to restore it.

    I've been wanting to get a VPS. For some reason, I just put it on the back burner. However, after reading this, I may have to take the time this weekend to take another look at it again.

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us.

    Resma Jain

  25. Great information on how to protect my online information. I love reading your articles, i look forward to more!

  26. Using a vpn is a must these days, however there are good plugins for both chrome and Firefox that give you anonymous browsing.

  27. THOMAS MILVA, I really liked your post on online business and your article can help many others who are involving in online business.
    You can also check my blog where I share similar posts like this: Liveinfo360

  28. Well informed article Ma'am. These days the internet has brought all people on the board. It is obligatory to get secured your network.

  29. These days, It’s too much important to protect our online business with VPN’s. The article has covered up almost each and everything I need!

  30. Now a days internet security is more important than home security because our information and our client information is available on our website. If you don't give much importance on this so you may get into trouble.

    Blog was nice and really informative. Thanks for sharing this.

  31. Hello,

    I am really impress with you for the selecting of new and unique topic and also well written article on it. I always prefer to read the quality content and this thing I found in you post. thanks for sharing with us..

  32. hello THOMAS MILVA

    its really a essential post for everyone who runs business online ,

    in business you need to secure every data of your business for doing that

    i suggest that people should follow your tips

    thanks for sharing with us

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