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Remember when we only had to worry about being robbed in person? If you own a home business or internet business, you’re biggest risks might be online.
With the two year mark of my business, I’ve been going through “growing pains,” — all of those problems that arise with having a small business aside from whether or not its going to be successful.
If you’re a blogger, photographer, or really run any small business, here are some tips to preventive crisis management.
1. Protect yourself from hackers.
In the Post Google Era, it’s not a cashier I’m afraid of being held up at — hackers are my threat. My website and social media accounts are my everything. If I was to be hacked, I would be robbed. I have so much value on my website and my mobile connection, yet – ironically – I don’t know anything about hacking.
How do we protect our cyber-security?
Invest in a Security Software like Bitdefender
Bitdefender is like a lock on your door for all of your devices connected to your Wifi.
It’s the only one of its kind, a new technology raved by The Wall Street Journal. For about $200 (currently on sale for $99), the product starts with a “vulnerability assessment feature” which identifies points of weakness in your cybersecurity. Once you hook up your devices to your home Wifi box, they stay protected when you’re on the go. The Bitdefender BOX’s private line stays at home, but is a scanned VPN, so your mobile device can safely go online anywhere.
Not only does it protect your mobile and laptop devices — it’s a shield for all smart home objects.
This means that when I travel, I can rest assured that my devices at home, and those connected to the ones at home are cyber safe.
Invest in Website Monitoring and a Cloud Proxy Firewall
I was tanning by the pool with legendary lifestyle and family blogger Jeana or SurfAndSunshine, when she told me about how one of her first websites was hacked. Every time someone clicked on any internal link within her blog, the user would be sent to a pornographic ad. It destroyed her business. Jeana suggested I use Sucuri.net to prevent my site from being hacked. As soon as your website becomes popular, you are a target for hackers.
Change your Passwords Regularly
If you get lazy with your passwords and use the same family password, you’re putting yourself at risk.
2. Back Up Everything & Data Recovery It When You Didn’t
Seriously, BACK UP EVERYTHING. Pictures, documents and your actual website. Ironically, after Jeana suggested that I get Sucuri (which also backs up your website), my website crashed. I had to re-store the back up. I keep a second back up of my website with Amazon Web Services. I back up all of my photos, presentations, legal documents and invoices on different hard drives too. Store your hard drives in different locations.
I use the Seagate Backup 2 Plus SLIM while traveling.
I keep the big bad Seagate Desktop External Hard Drive at home.
This post has been sponsored by Bitdefender, the only provider of cybersecurity for your home and small-business. Thanks to partners like Bitdefender, you can keep learning and reading for free :) Per usual, all opinions are my own. I would never partner with a brand I don’t believe in. Your trust comes first.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bitdefender. The opinions and text are all mine.