7 Small Business Network Security Tips

7 Small Business Network Security Tips


-Today we’re going to talk about 7 small business network
security tips, on The Journey. – Now on today’s episode,
we have a special guest, Alycia from Sucuri, she
is the security expert to talk to us about these 7 tips. Now I’m just going to let you dive in. What’s tip number one? – Tip number one will be to make sure that you’re using really good hard to guess
passwords for your Wifi, at home or at your work. – Okay
– Any way that you’re connecting to the internet, you
want to make sure that nobody else can get onto your network, and then start to sniff the traffic – So password1 is not
a good password to use? – Password1 is a really bad password. Like “password” makes the list every year, for like the most compromised passwords. Essentially you want to look at three things with a password. They should be very complex, so that means a mix of
upper and lowercase, symbols and numbers. You also want to make sure that they’re long, so the longer the better. – Okay. – More numbers, more
characters, means more permutations for the passwords
for a computer to guess. And unique. You want
to make sure that you’re not reusing passwords for a
lot of different things. – So I need to be right back. I have to go home and change my WiFi password really quick, after those tips. So what’s tip number two? – Tip number two, also related to WiFi, is to change your SSID. That’s the little name of your WiFi that you connect to when you’re trying to pick the signal. You know, prettyflyforawifi. Probably my favorite SSID.
– billwyethewifiguy. That’s billnyethewifiguy. – tellmywifiloveher. – Yes. – That’s a good one. – FBI_van#7 – For sure. So not only are they fun, you can have a little bit of fun with it, but it also sends a message
to hackers that this person most likely has changed
their WiFi password, maybe I’ll move on to the next target. Another really great tip is to make sure that you’re changing the login for your router. So, most of the time when
you sign up for internet, your ISP will send you a router, and it comes with you know, the pre-installed SSID,
the pre-installed one. – Right on the box, right? – Yeah.
– Okay. – If you look on that box, there’s usually some information about how to log into the gateway, and change the settings for your router. So, it’s a little local website that only you can access from
within range of your router. – Right.
– And it has a lot of settings in there, including your
user name and password, which if you leave that default, you’re basically asking to
get hacked at that point. The fourth tip, is to also make sure that you’re not broadcasting your SSID, so. – What does that mean? – Yeah, so like, it basically won’t show up in the list of the WiFi that you can choose. – Okay.
– So it means it’s just harder and harder for the hacker to try and find your internet access and then break in. – You can’t see me. – Yeah. I mean obviously
you need to make sure that you’ve set it up and
if you have guests come over to the house, it may
take a little bit longer to make sure you’re typing in the SSID and the password for them. But you can do all that stuff from the router access
panel we were talking about. – All right, now I know
many of us entrepreneurs like to get out of the house, or get out of the office
every now and then, and go to a coffee shop, or a restaurant, or just literally anywhere else. And there are sometimes
those public WiFi spots. How should we really be
protecting ourself there. – Definitely. Public WiFi is definitely something you want to be aware of. – Right.
– Your device will automatically connect to the closest WiFi signal, so you definitely
want to disable that on your mobile phone, your laptop. – Okay.
– Because the closest signal maybe coming from a hacker who has a fake wireless access
point. These are actually not that expensive or difficult to set up. – Mm-hmm.
– And they could still be getting internet access, but they’re also looking at everything that you’re looking at on the internet, and can steal the passwords
and that kind of stuff for your website. Not ideal. In the same vein, you also want to make sure
you’re using a VPN. – Okay. What’s that, what’s a VPN? – Yeah, a Virtual Private Network is usually a paid service that you can use to connect to a proxy server, so that all of your traffic
is going through there instead of the wireless network, and it just makes it encrypted, so that nobody can sniff on your traffic. So my tip number six would be to make sure that your antivirus is updated. Just make sure that you have the latest virus definitions, to catch any, you know, emerging malware, or attacks
as they’re out there. – Okay. – Not just for your computer,
also for your mobile device. Make sure that you’re protected
and you have a way to block any attackers from getting in. – Now I know with the computers, there’s usually a default antivirus. Are we just okay with that, or
we should pay for antivirus? What does that look like? – Um, you know, go with the reputable ones and see what’s out there. I’m partial to Malwarebytes, there’s also some really
good ones out there. Some of them are better at catching like newer variants of malware, but they’re getting rid of
older stuff in the database. – Mm-hmm. – Kaspersky’s another really good one, Bitdefender. But definitely go out there
and look at your options, and you know, if you stick with the one that’s default installed, that’s okay too. It’s not a terrible idea to
have a couple different options, although you only want active
protection on one antivirus. – So what that’s
– Okay. doing, is it’s scanning everything incoming to your computer, kind of like a firewall. – Mm-hmm.
– And if you have two of them doing that, they’re kind of scanning
over top of each other, and it can really slow down your computer. But, you can have as many
antiviruses as you want, as long as they’re just for scanning every once in awhile. – Right.
– And you have one that’s actively protecting you. – And now we’re on the
final tip, tip number seven. What’s tip number seven? – Tip number seven
is backups, backups, backups of your backups. You want, basically you want them to be redundant, you want to have multiple
copies in different locations. – Mm-hmm.
– You want to make sure that they’re automatic if you can, because let’s face it,
we don’t all remember. – We, we forget. – Totally, right?
– I forgot what I had for breakfast. – I know. I’m terrible with my photos, my photos are not backed
up properly right now. – What?
– I know, I know. But you know, there’s cloud storage, – so it is easy to do
– True. – for a lot of this stuff. But you want to make sure it’s in a reliable location. And you want to make sure that you’ve tested your backups. So ideally, you know how to restore them, and you’ve tested that it actually works. – Trust, but verify, right? – Exactly. Preach. – So at the end of the day, all of that hard work, all those cute, cute photos
of your kids, your dogs, of you on a beach, all
gone, plus your hard work. You don’t want that to happen. Have those backups. – Doubly important for
your business, right? – Yes.
– Totally. – So there you have it, you’ve learned seven tips for your small business network security. We have again our special
guest, Alycia from Sucuri. Thanks for coming on the show today. – Thanks, Justin. – And if you’ve learned anything, go ahead and add that comment
below on what you’ve learned. Smash that like button, and
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