With the digital age came a host of opportunities for businesses to expand and flourish. But it also gave rise to new types of thieves. Itâ€™s difficult enough to guard against burglars when on a budget, now you have to account for data theft. From breaking and entering, to the best antiviruses for your business, here are some tips to keep your business safe while not breaking the bank.
Computer viruses, or malware, can mine your computer systems for personal and financial information and send it back to the viruses’ programmer. Some emails and websites will ask you to enter your username and password only to record your keystrokes and send your information to a hacker (phishing). So how do you guard against data thieves like this? A good antivirus is a must-have for any business. Many antivirus programs offer bundle subscriptions for businesses, but which is best?
Bitdefender Small Office Security offers subscriptions for up to 50 computers without an inquiry. If your business has more than 50 seats for which you wish to install Bitdefender, youâ€™ll need to contact the business directly. The small office security that Bitdefender provides has leading protection and security despite being deployed remotely and operated by a cloud-based management interface. This is good for a number of reasons: it reduces the cost of each copy you buy, there are no costly or time-wasting updates and/or patches to deal with and the installation is quick and easy. This service protects you from a vast number of threats, not limited to viruses, rootkits, malware, phishing and data loss.
Now that you have the digital frontier covered, itâ€™s time to look at the physical dangers your business might face. Luckily Lorex has a host of affordable security cameras that can be placed at strategic access points of your building. With options for day and night vision, audio and weather resistance these little cameras make sure you know who is coming and going, even when you might not be there. Why? Many Lorex cameras support remote connectivity so that you can monitor property in real-time while you’re away. Unlike other security camera systems, there is no monthly fee, which cuts down on the cost of ownership. With a variety of security bundles and individual cameras, you are sure to find just what your business needs.
Keys can be stolen, lost or even duplicated. Whatâ€™s to stop a disgruntled former employee from making a copy of the key he or she was given, then coming back to rip you off? With smart locks, however, you wonâ€™t have to worry about the loss of keys or duplication. With products like August, Lockitron and Goji, the doors to your business can be locked and unlocked by only the people you give access. With these smart locks, anyone who has the app on his smart phone can be approved for access. When that person no longer works opening or closing shifts, you can remove that employee’s access so his smart phone will no longer allow him to unlock doors. While there are a few different options when it comes to smart locks, all of them do similar things. However, price is always a consideration, and some of these options are less expensive than others.
By Alex Clark-McGlenn
BIO : Alex Currently taking his MFA in creative writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. He has been published in eFiction Magazine, Inkwell at Evergreen, Slightly West Literary Magazine, and appeared in Smokebox Literary Magazine July, 2014. He currently lives in Bellingham, Washington.