Very few small business owners can imagine anything worse than becoming the victim of a crime. And with good reason. In a single moment, years of hard work that goes into creating a successful business can be undone. Small businesses are especially vulnerable in this way. They often don't have the contingencies in place that larger companies do. This makes security that much more of an important factor and one that no small business owner can afford to ignore. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple ways that you can make your business more secure. Here are just a few small things that you can do to protect your business.

Passwords

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Cybercrime and data theft are the types of crimes that have been especially on the rise in recent years. Once again, it's small businesses that are being targeted. This is because they often don't have the same procedures and protections in place as bigger businesses. The first line of defense for any business online has to be your passwords. The problem is that securing and managing passwords for an entire company can be a real challenge. It's a good idea to use a password manager that allows you to set minimum security requirements as well as offering you a master override password. This means that your passwords stay secure while offering you final control.

Stay up to date

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Firewall and antivirus software are incredibly important and can be extremely useful tools. The problem is that cyber criminals spend their time working to get past these systems. If you're not updating them frequently you may as well not have them at all. It's your responsibility to stay up to date and make sure you're always one step ahead of the hackers. Don't just keep your security systems up to date either. Make sure you're doing the same for everything. that way it makes your networks and systems that much harder to crack.

Physical security

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It might sometimes feel like all the danger to your business is coming from online but that's not the case. You still need to make sure that your premises is as well protected as possible. This starts in the most simple place you can imagine: the locks. Make sure that you have locks professionally installed by a commercial locksmith. The last thing you want is to spend all your time and energy on your online security only to, literally, leave the back door open to thieves.

Educate your staff

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All the security systems in the world won't do a thing unless they're being implemented across the board. Every single employee should be fully aware of the importance of security and be responsible for maintaining it. That means from top to bottom. From the receptionist to the CEO, everyone needs to make sure that they're following the same procedures to the letter. It's your responsibility to provide the best possible training. You need to make sure that everyone fully understands what is expected of them.