At the rate that technology has progressed over the last decade, it’s surprising that most businesses aren’t solely run by technology alone. There are a vast array of technological advances now that help us in day to day life, and even our businesses too. One downside of technology improving is the rate in which hackers are learning more ways to access our files and important confidential information. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to ensure that your business is safe from theft in the online and offline world using technology.
Security cameras and alarms
First things first, if you’re not already a proud owner of a security camera and alarm then you should do so promptly, and here’s why:
- Cameras can help identify thieves that break into your premises.
- Some cameras come equipped with motion sensors that can set off a silent alarm and alert the authorities.
- You can also keep an eye on members of staff and customers.
- Having an alarm on your premises will alert you and the authorities if there are any unauthorised entries to your property.
- When thieves see security systems in place, they are less likely to attempt a robbery.
- While it might not always completely deter them, it will make their lives much harder.
- Even though it might seem like an expense you can’t really spare, wouldn’t you rather spend the money on a security system rather than lose everything altogether?
As you can see, security cameras and alarms are a brilliant idea for protecting your business from theft and fraud.
As a business owner, it’s likely that you have access to many confidential files. Whether that be to customers of your business, or simply your staff members you will need to ensure that all personal information is kept confidential and away from preying eyes.
In the business world, it can be difficult to establish whether you’re trusting the right person because identity cards are so easy to forge in this day and age. The solution to this dilemma is to introduce technology into the mix to identify whether someone is who they say they are, and prevent fraud using identity verification services. You will be able to identify customers in real time and also verify any documents given to you with ease and comfort knowing that it’s not a counterfeit.
Software on our computers
Sometimes the biggest risk that we put ourselves in is on our laptops, macs and computers. This is because of how easy it is in this day and age for hackers to gain access to your computer. Did you know that if you have a virus on your system that a hacker could be waiting for you to open up a page where you’ve got to enter confidential information? Not only that, they could display a dummy page in front of you so that you think you’re entering the information on a legitimate website, yet instead you’re giving them direct access to all of your files. It’s a scary thought to think how easy it is for someone to gain access to personal files, and that’s just one technique that they use.
Make sure that you’ve got plenty of protection on your computer, and always make sure that your antivirus is up to date so that it can pick up on any trojan or virus that you might accidentally pick up.
Another thing that you should make sure you’re doing is keeping your staff well aware and cautious of the dangers that can come with using technology incorrectly. While it’s always best to obtain training for them, here are a few ideas to start on immediately:
- Always logout of programs and websites as soon as you’re finished using them.
- Never trust a website that doesn’t have the green secure padlock on the web bar.
- If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Be well aware of email scams and also chain emails. They can easily trick gullible people into giving away bank details and more.
- Change passwords regularly, sometimes hackers can be accessing your files for a long time before they go noticed.
As you can see, it’s very important to keep your business safe from theft and fraud, and you may now understand further how easy it is for thieves to gain access in this day and age. Remember to use technology to help protect you and to also be very cautious when using it for your business needs too.