Take these basic steps to ensure your small business is protected from fraud and cybercrime.
|Balance that checkbook. Keep on top of your financial records and be aware of any unauthorized bank or credit card transactions.
|Avoid scammers. Review our Fraud Fitness Check periodically for ways to stay safe from scammers.
|Check yourself. Regularly review your credit score for any possible fraudulent activity in your personal information.
Ensure your staff and team members are all following the same security protocols for your business, and they are trained properly on each.
|Sharing isn’t always caring. Do not share any login information with others; establish unique User IDs and passwords for each team member.
|Mix it up. Create unique logins for each website that you visit.
|Embrace change. Even if a website doesn’t force you to change your password, take the initiative to do so every 30 or 60 days.
|The longer, the better. Leave that easy password you created in high school behind. Your accounts and data will only get stronger with each character (or number, capital letter or special character) you add to it.
Cybercriminals use the same web sites and platforms that you do. Protect your business by not offering confidential information unless you’re positive you’re in a protected environment. With your business on the line, it’s always better to be cautious and confirm you’re giving information to a trusted partner.
Online transactions offer different types of layered security features, which a small business should always take advantage of. These could include:
|Fraud detection and monitoring systems