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Managing Interactive Security Online: A Guide for Entrepreneurs

In today’s world, most entrepreneurs need to have a strong online presence to reach out to their potential customers. However, it is  a challenge to keep the interactive online data safe. Use of the internet exposes your business to various kinds of security issues, such as hacking and online defamation. Entrepreneurs often spend money to purchase anti-virus software, firewall protection and various security tools to protect the internal data of the business. However, it doesn’t imply that the business is protected from machines and people who communicate to one another outside the security walls. The following are some steps that can help your business to strengthen and protect itself from the external environment.

Company Website

A business owner needs to be careful about the possibility of their website getting hacked. Nearly all businesses extract their internal information from their database and transfer it to a browser or a cellphone, thus exposing itself to threat of untrusted external network. Hackers continuously look for loopholes or weak spots in your programming software. Therefore, it is crucial for entrepreneurs to continuously update their software and identify the underlying weakness in the software and remove the hacker’s malicious codes from the website.

Security Approach

Protecting the internal and external environment of your business is very crucial. An entrepreneur needs to understand that the data and communication flow through various networks very carefully. Creating dataflow diagrams can help in gaining in depth understanding about the processes. Using strong and unpredictable password combinations to access information can also play a key role in enhancing the security in your system.

Google Master Webmaster Tools

By registering with Webmaster Tools, you can receive notifications of malware infections immediately, sometimes before blacklisting occurs, so you can get rid of them faster. The service also provides details about the precise problem Google is seeing.

Select a Security Expert

Businesses that have heavy transactions online can potentially hire a security expert. This could help the business to receive alerts in case of hacking, monitoring malicious activities and assist with repair vulnerabilities after the attack. A security expert will also help the business to think of strategies that streamline with the security issues of the business. Firms that serve smaller companies include Stop the Hacker, SiteLock, Sucuri and Qualys. Businesses that have databases with sensitive customer information connected to their sites should seek help building security into their sites and scouring software code for bugs.

To learn more about the security issues that entrepreneurs could potentially face, please visit:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224007.

We want to hear from you! What is YOUR opinion or suggestion for improving online security for entrepreneurs?

Thanks for reading, and until next time… stay WISE!

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