Here’s a noteworthy fact: In 2012, companies with just one to 250 employees — what we commonly think of as small businesses — ended up being the victims in more than 30 percent of all cyber attacks. Entrepreneur Magazine cites this statistic, extracted from the 2013 Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec, to demonstrate a point: Even small businesses require a cybersecurity plan.

Keeping Viruses at Bay

The Entrepreneur story lays out some simple steps all small business owners should implement to defend their companies from cyber criminals. The first? Install anti-virus software on your computers. It’s true that this software won’t catch every virus which comes your company’s way. But your computers are easy targets if you don’t have anti-virus software set up on them.

Suspicious E-mails

You should additionally teach your staff e-mail skills. Specifically, you should train them which e-mail messages that they ought to delete. We all receive a great deal of suspicious e-mail messages, and a lot of of them now originate from senders whom we recognize. The trick is to avoid those that somehow don’t look right. Employees must also understand that should they open an e-mail that turns out to be suspicious they should immediately delete it, and they mustn’t click on any links.

Protect Yourself

Finally, Entrepreneur says that businesses can protect themselves by installing firewalls. A firewall will protect business’ incoming and outgoing traffic. Firewalls can also prevent employees from viewing certain Web sites. That can protect your business, as well — many viruses come from dangerous sites.

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