Computer Security Tips for Small Business Owners

small businessAs a small business owner, it’s pretty common that you’re going to use and interface with a computer on a day-to-day basis. In fact, you may even have employees that need to be on the computer most of the day. However, if your business does not directly deal with computers, it’s very likely that you do not have bundles of experience in dealing with computer security issues.

In a world where a simple mistake can cost you your entire business, you need to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to protect both yourself and your employees from computer security issues that could be devastating.

Security Updates

Windows has made it extremely easy to get Windows security updates directly to your computer. However, if this feature is disabled then it means that your business and all of your computers are open to attack from some of the latest security threats and hacks. The last thing you want to do is turn this feature off because it’s a little bit annoying to deal with. Make sure that all your computers have this feature enabled so you can be up to date with all the latest security updates for your operative system.


If you have heard horror stories about viruses absolutely wrecking the computers of your friends and family, then imagine what they would do if they hit your business. There are reports of businesses that have been absolutely floored by virus issues, simply because they did not have a solid antivirus program installed.

When it’s so easy to install something like Microsoft Security Essentials, a free antivirus provided by the Microsoft Corporation, there is no excuse for not doing so. If you want to get more production, you can consider some of the paid options that exist. While there is some argument as to whether they are actually more effective, if you need this piece of mind for your business then it is highly recommended that you shell out the extra cash and get these more robust antivirus systems.


I have saved the best for last. Actually, this might be the worst mistake that small business owners make with regards to computer security. Leaving a wireless connection untapped and unprotected is one of the biggest problems that we face today as small business owners. It can be slightly difficult to come up with the correct security settings for your Wi-Fi, so if you need to pay a tech person to get this done for you then go ahead and do it. It might cost a little bit of money, but you will be buying not only peace of mind but security from many different types of Internet attacks that rely on having access to your wireless network.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Los Angeles, focusing on tips and information to help small businesses succeed online.  She works for sharing information about internet marketing and the various technologis available to establish a strong presence online.

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