Stay Smart Online Week 2015 – ‘Your Business is your business!’
Stay Smart Online Week 12 – 16 October 2015
An Australian Government initiative
Your business holds a lot of sensitive data and information that cyber criminals would love to access. Think about what you store online… and think about what it would mean if it was lost or stolen.
Keeping this information private and secure means small businesses should focus on some key areas of security:
Website – use a strong administration password and limit staff access to those who need use it for their work.
Domain name and domain name server – Use a restricted or private email account to administer your domain name registration and keep the registration details up-to-date.
Communication – Ensure your communication tools are encrypted meaning that information is converted into a secret code for transmission over the internet. Prevent hoax emails and malicious software by installing security software and educating staff about safe email use, e.g. not clicking on links from an unknown sender.
Privacy – Every piece of information you collect from a client including name, address, email address, telephone number, personal opinions or credit card details, must be stored and protected and destroyed in a way that adheres to the Privacy Act 1988.
Mobile devices – are vulnerable to loss or theft. The information on these devices needs to be inaccessible to unauthorised users through robust passwords, data encryption, the latest mobile security software, web browsers, and operating systems.
Servers and desktop – Install and activate security software on your computers and ensure it includes anti-virus, anti-spy ware, firewall and anti-spam filters. Servers also require a firewall, regular updates and anti-virus software. Read server reports, such as security logs, and monitor for changes and irregularities.
Remember, the online security measures you take today can not only help protect your business from existing threats but also from ones that are yet to emerge.
The Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online website offers advice to small businesses and other Australians about being secure and safe online. Stay Smart Online, in collaboration with Australia Post, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Westpac and Telstra, has developed the Small Business Guide which is intended to help you put in place some basic online security practices.
Additional information is available at www.staysmartonline.gov.au/smallbusinessguide.
iRespectOnline is a proud to be a Stay Smart Online Partner.
Fiona Lucas is the founder of iRespectOnline. She is passionate about helping small businesses to grow, thrive and build reputation online. Fiona is an ethical marketer providing bespoke online marketing strategies to enable businesses to leverage social media for growth. Underpinning everything she does, as Australia’s first online reputation evangelist she is passionate about driving social change towards a more respectful online environment.
She was named in Mamamia’s Top 50 women to watch online 2013, Finalist Geelong Small Business Awards 2017 – Social Media Influencer and is a virtual community manager for Social Media Marketing World. Fiona presents on digital futures, cybersafety and digital marketing.
Fiona is the author of Futureproof Your Kids – a parents guide to the social media playground.