Be Your Own IT Team: Keeping Your Business Computer Safe

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There are several benefits to being self-employed but one of the things you miss about the corporate world is the incredible IT team who came running every time you have a problem with your computer and made sure it was always up-to-date.

When running your own business, you gain a lot of freedom and control but it doesn’t make you any less immune to computer threats like malware. In many cases, particularly if you have limited knowledge when it comes to computers, you may be more vulnerable to cyber threats.

While you may not have the same “superpowers” as your old friends in IT, there are ways you can keep your business (and computers) running smoothly and secure.

Keep Your Passwords Strong

Many people, who are self-employed or have their own small business, think that their computers and everything related to their business might fly under a hacker’s radar. Regardless of the size (or even net worth) of your business, if your information is easy to access, you’re more at risk.

Passwords are not only necessary to security but are also one of the easiest preventative measures you can take right away, while still fine-tuning other aspects of your business. Choose a long password (that’s about 12 to 14 characters and include spaces), always write it down, and keep it someplace safe (such as in a safe).

A lot of people think that it’s more important to change a password often rather than focusing on the strength. Unless you think your password was compromised, don’t worry about changing it. If you do, never use the same password from another account.

Secure Your Computer and Your WiFi Network

Whether you work from home or in a small office space with a few other people, it’s crucial to always keep your computer and other devices secure; the same goes for your WiFi network. Even if you’re just planning on checking your email quickly and then log out, it’s enough time for your information to be compromised when using an unsecured network.

Is keeping your computer secure really necessary when it’s just you or a few other people? While the risk of stealing your computer or gaining access to important files may be less risky in a non-corporate setting, why take the risk? Always use a secure passcode to sign into your computer.

Back Up Your Security With Software

One of the big perks of having an IT team is that they take on the task of selecting and downloading software to keep company computers running smoothly and safely.

The thought of getting a computer virus can be an overwhelming thought but you can help settle some of the worry by getting back up security (in addition to the software that already exists on your computer).

Although a lot of antivirus software, that comes installed in computers and devices, does what it’s intended to do, it’s not immune to glitches. Downloading additional security software at can make your computers and your business even more secure.

Some Additional Tips

Although you don’t have your own IT team, there’s nothing wrong with talking with an IT professional, especially if you have major concerns or issues that you cannot resolve yourself. Here are a few things to remember to keeping your business and computer safer:

  • Always browse secure and reputable sites
  • Be careful when downloading anything that’s not part of your scheduled software update
  • Browser extensions can be useful but add with caution
  • Be proactive and stay “in the know” about tech-related news