In the past, hackers were viewed as mostly harmless. In the 80s and 90s, they primarily targeted sites for pride, and they would brag to each other about the sites that they had hacked. Today, however, hackers are often interested in creating havoc or stealing information that they can sell. As a result, any business that is hacked stands to lose a great deal, including their customers' trust if their particular information is stolen. Fortunately, by being proactive and employing some common sense security practices, the likelihood of company data being stolen can be greatly reduced. Here are a few ways to protect your small business from online thieves and hackers.
If you are planning to sell products on your website, there is one basic decision that you must make regarding shopping cart functionality before launching your e-commerce site: Will the shopping cart process reside and be managed locally on the website itself? or will it reside and be managed as an off-site hosted solution by a remote service company for which you will pay a monthly fee? There are pros and cons to both approaches.
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BYOD, or “bring your own device”, has gained in popularity over the last few years. This is where employees, who have grown weary of using their old, slow, inefficient office computers, bring in their own modern laptops, tablets, and smartphones to use at work. But allowing your staff to do this is a tricky practice and should be undertaken with great caution. To protect yourself and your business, you absolutely must be a little paranoid and very, very cautious.
Here are 5 key issues to consider:
Not that long ago, the idea of speaking face to face with a client or coworker that was hundreds of miles away seemed impossibly futuristic. The concept was regularly trotted out in popular movies and TV shows, but it didn't become a reality until relatively recently. Many major advancements in video conferencing services have been made over the last decade or so, and the skyrocketing popularity of the Internet and mobile devices is largely responsible. The technology has become so affordable and versatile, that it's being used in many exciting ways. From Fortune 500 companies to small family owned businesses in rural areas, web conferencing services are changing the world.
When it comes to running your own business, the likelihood is it’s not going to be a 9-5 job. A business is like having a baby; you’re either going to be with it all the time or at least have a baby monitor to keep you updated. A smartphone is the baby monitor of your business - whenever you’re out of the office, that phone will be your assistant, updating you on everything that’s going on.