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Computer security issues in running a small business online

Using your computer and a reliable Internet connection can be the best combination for an ideal business opportunity. You don’t need raise too much capital for your business venture. In fact, you can often start with little or no capital. With just a reliable Internet connection and computer system (which, because of wide availability and usage, become cheaper), you will be able to start your business right away. You can potentiall earn hundreds to thousands of dollars every month, depending on the online business opportunity that you choose.

Protecting Your Computer System

However, you must be aware of the miscalculations that you can commit along your online business venture, especially when you forget to prioritize the protection of your computer system from unauthorized use and data theft. Contrary to the popular belief, owning a small-size Internet business will not make you safe from data hackers and online intruders.

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Identity and data theft have unfortunately become all too common occurrence today, against which you have to protect your business. (Image by Pixabay.com)

There is also a great risk and danger involved once you neglect to protect your computer system. The danger comes especially from the hacking and computer destruction activities that are increasing significantly as the Internet evolves over the years. Most small-time Internet entrepreneurs fail to realize that they are not exempted from these notorious data thieves.

According to a research conducted by AMI-Partners, almost 50 percent of small and medium-sized online businesses failed to execute even the most basic security protection, which includes the installation of anti-spyware and anti-virus programs to their computer systems.

This is one of the main reasons why the Mydoom worm triumphed, affecting one out of three small and medium-sized online businesses compared to one out of six large Internet companies. This was also discovered by the ISA or the Internet Security Alliance, a non-profit organization that handles information security issues. In other words, we can conclude that even small online businesses are more vulnerable to online threats of data theft and electronic sabotage.

Business Data Protection

In fact, every small online business owner must give data and network protection more attention due to the sophistication of data thieves. These thieves have now on their disposal some of the advanced software programs and hardware necessary to break into the security measures implemented by data managers.

It would be a great waste of time and financial resources if your computer is left unguarded against these advanced data thieves and online hackers. You are on the verge of losing everything—including your computer, which is by itself a valuable investment.

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Online business provides great advantages. But the cost of doing business online is that of having to maintain online security and protect your data. (Image by Freeimages.com)

Thus, it is important that you should consider data security and encryption as one of your top priorities. Keep in mind that your computer system is always vulnerable to this kind of attacks, even if you are just starting up. In fact, big businesses have more chances to recover compared to small business since big business have necessary funds available to recover from mishap. On the other hand, your small business has meager funds to start with your business—and an attack will be catastrophic for your small business.

Computer System Safety

There are hundreds of software providers that came up with latest solutions to guarantee the safety of your computer system. In addition, there are also Internet security services to guarantee protection of your online data against Internet hackers. By incorporating high level of encryption technology, hackers will have a hard time intercepting the data being stored in your computer system or while it is transmitted to a certain network of computer systems.

Always explore your options. Prioritize what is important and avoid getting caught by a catastrophic incident that will shut down your small business at an instant. And open you to a potential civil suit.

Make your small online business' computer system safety and business data protection priority today. At the very least, protect your computer system with anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Some of the best ones are free.

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