Small businesses don’t usually have thick budgets to tap into when they want to protect themselves from cybersecurity incidents. In the past, many of those businesses simply didn’t view it as an issue, assuming their relative obscurity would keep hackers away.
But time, and thousands of hacks, have shown the folly of that approach. Cybercriminals indeed see small businesses as juicy, easy targets. While small in size, some of these businesses carry volumes of sensitive information about their customers. Those are valuable jackpots.
Small businesses: Your cyber protection is critical. But obviously, reduced budgets mean management must keep its eyes peeled for inexpensive resources to help close the gap. To that end, we’ve put together a brief list of low-cost, consumer-focused cybersecurity tools that small businesses should keep in their toolbox.
DuckDuckGo is a search engine provider that has made privacy the central focus of their product. While the major search engines thrive off of collecting your personal data, DuckDuckGo puts privacy back in the users’ hands. Not only does the tool offer its own, de-personalized search results, but it also enables search on the other major search engines, with tracking features disabled.
Ultimately, a small business’s employees are in command of the company’s privacy protection. Their own cyber hygiene practices keep the company from experiencing major breaches. Thus, cybersecurity tools that make these practices easier for every user can be very helpful indeed.
Password managers such as Dashlane and LastPass give users a place to securely store passwords for different sites and make them much easier to work with. This means employees are much more likely to follow best practices for secure password protections online.
Cloud-Based Email and Cloud Service Providers
Protecting privacy on email and data servers can require a whole department. However, cloud service providers with a good reputation take care of these issues within their own infrastructure and security practices.
The major players in consumer antivirus and security (think Symantec and McAfee) offer endpoint protection service products focused on small business. Using their strength of scale, they are able to deliver this for substantially less than a small company implementing it on its own.
It’s essential to security configure devices. One feature that should be implemented across the board is device encryption. Virtually all devices have a feature to enable encryption, and this should be made a standard practice at small businesses.
When Cybersecurity Tools Aren’t Enough
Sometimes, however, these tools just might not be enough to protect your small business — especially if you lack a cybersecurity team that can help you properly implement them.
Lunarline helps small businesses to enhance their security protections every day, both through consultation and by offering a suite of products developed by industry-leading analysts.
To learn how we can help you, contact us today.