We’re in the thick of the Coronavirus national lockdown and as everyone settles into their new work from home routine; now would be a good time to revisit your current cybersecurity. Cybersecurity firm KnowBe4 reported a spike in cyber-attacks pre-lockdown. The phishing seems to be COVID-19 inspired and baiting people into clicking with Corona-related news. 

Hackers are revving up their operations because a large number of citizens will be working from home and spending much of their self-quarantine time online. Add to that the panic of and need for staying up to date with Corona-related news – the most convenient time for phishing. Watch out for Coronavirus pop-ups, emails and links. 

IT Advisory division of Mazars SA director, Terence Govender, said on IOL: “All businesses are at risk of cyberattacks, but SMEs tend to be most vulnerable because they usually have fewer measures in place to protect their systems and data”. Your business website or business emails could be vulnerable to phishing or cyberattacks. There are a few precautions to take to lessen the risk of your business getting hacked.  

Get SSL certification for your website.

An SSL certificate is a bit of code on your website server that secures online communication. It encrypts sensitive information and makes it only accessible to the person who should receive it. SSL certification also indicates that you went through the necessary checks and are a verified company.

Don’t use free email hosting for your business

Emails have becoming the primary mode of communication in most companies and having a free email host for your official company exchanges could make you vulnerable to hacking. Free email hosting, for the most part, comes with ads, and you have no control over what the ad is or where it comes from. Getting professional business email hosting is the way to go to ensure that your business emails are secure. Apart from being safe, email hosting packages have collaborative tools like video conferencing and instant messenger that will aid in remote working situations. 

Get a reliable VPN

A VPN allows you to connect securely to another network. Working remotely and connecting to public networks makes you vulnerable to hacking. VPN’s protect and shield your sensitive information while connected to non-secure networks. Research how to choose the best VPN solution for your business is and protect your company from hackers. 

Other precautions you can implement today:

  • Don’t click on random links or pop-ups
  • Do not click on or download attachments from emails you don’t recognize (especially COVID-19 news)
  • Watch out for URL redirects 
  • Avoid sites that do not contain the lock next to the URL – this means that they are not secure 

If you have the steps we have mentioned in this blog taken care of, then your business website security is on lock.