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SMB Security Reminders from the Tumblr Hack

Entrepreneurship is one of the appealing career prospects for young and experienced alike and you see a lot more people coming out of their comfort zones to start their own businesses. Creating a website and network has never been easier and there are a number of online and offline programs that you can use to do so. But one of the important aspects of the website, the security, is something that most people mess up. Business information and online security are the two lifelines on which growing organizations, and even established companies, rely on. So, it is important that these entrepreneurs get their online security fortifications in place.

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Hackers Don’t Go Directly For Money

Gone are the days in which hackers were targeting sites of banks and financial institutions, just to make some quick cash and get away. Modern day cybercriminals are a very intelligent lot. They know that data is much more valuable in the long term than quick money. They even understand that if they get their hands on the right data, they can convert it into a source of regular income. So, don’t just stop at fortifying your payment channels and financial pages. Make sure that the rest of your site, especially the part that contains classified business information, is equally fortified.

The recent Tumblr hack highlighted some of the security mistakes that SMBs tend to do. Here are the securities reminders that you need to keep a tab on regularly.

Problem with the Source Code

Most of the security vulnerabilities start below the hood, i.e. in the source code of your web page or application. If the code is written in accordance with the security protocols, then the web page or application will be safe. Even a small, seemingly irrelevant error might cause a security breach of magnanimous proportions. Security breaches can be anything from malware infections, spyware, SQL injections, or any of the other security exploitations. If you think that you can’t spare a window in your budget for checking the source code, there are a number of free tools available on the internet that you can use for this purpose.

Deactivate Old Sites

Constant updating is the mantra of the modern age and you regularly move from one site to another. But you forget to deactivate or delete the old page that you were using. Even though you don’t use it, keep in mind that the old page is also linked to your network. It can act as an entry point for hackers and the data you are using presently can be compromised. So, make sure that you delete or deactivate the old web pages or applications.

Update Software and Code Regularly

Software developers and coding professionals regularly come up with new security patches and protocols to stay ahead of the hackers. Make sure that you incorporate all of them without fail. Instruct your employees and teach team to regularly upgrade software. Also, if a new safer security protocol is pitched in, incorporate it into your website and web applications, just to ensure that you stay abreast of the upgrades.

Learn from Your and Others’ Mistakes

Mistakes happen and the important thing for you is to make sure that you learn lessons from them rather than repeating them. Impress on your employees the importance of safe online behavior. Ask them to refrain against risky behavior like clicking on anonymous social media accounts, risky online shopping sites, adult sites, etc. Remember, online security and privacy protection is a team effort. Also, learn from the mistakes that your contemporaries commit and ensure that you don’t repeat that mistake again.

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