You’re working hard to make money online with your various online ventures. Do you know who else is working hard to make money online? Hackers!
Ok, that may be an overstatement, they don’t really work that hard. Most are just small time scammers who stumble into big time luck.
Defend Your Money with These 5 Online Security Tips
Don’t be that big time luck. Follow the five online security tips I present here and keep the money you make…yours!
Trust your specialists
A mistake that too many companies make is hiring specialist companies to handle an aspect of their online security, like customer history, credit cards, bank accounts of the business, and other money related data points, only to also store that information themselves.
This type of dual data storage creates a second, and knowing most businesses, weaker entry point for hackers. If you do have some data storage needs that you’re not trusting to a specialist, be sure to keep them offsite on a device that does not connect to the internet.
Encrypt any data that you do store
This follows on the point above. There are many types of storage options, all of them can be encrypted for further protection:
- Portable disk drive
- SD card
Even if I did not list it here, if it’s digital you can encrypt it. If you’re not giving this to your customers, you’re risking their money just as well as yours.
For your laptop and desktop, follow the links to see how you can encrypt part, or all, of your Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, and Linux operating systems. These are features built into your operating system at no charge – use them and protect your money!
Use VPNs for remote access and offices
If you’re making money online, chances are good that you either have a mobile office, or employees who work remotely. The first VPNs (virtual private networks, an encrypted form of communication over phones and the internet) were set up years ago by large corporations that wanted to keep their confidential information away from prying eyes. These were costly, but did a great job.
VPNs are now available to the smallest of online businesses at an affordable price. You can read more about great VPN providers over on the website I write for, look in my author profile for the link. We review 10 of the best VPN providers, costs vary from $3 – $10 per month. Not bad for secure transactions and communications!
Sign up for a password manager
There are two types of passwords:
- The ones which you can remember: they are easy to steal.
- The ones that you can’t remember: they are hard to steal.
Why is this? Because passwords that you can remember are often simple and easy for hackers to just guess. You’d be shocked to know how many people still use ‘password’ as their password…
Fortunately, there are tools know as password managers out there. They will help you create strong passwords, that hackers can’t guess, and store them for you. Most will auto fill the passwords as well so all you have to do is click ‘sign in’ and your online accounts will be secure.
Use two step authentication
Two step authentication works by connecting your password with your phone. Once you enable two-step authentication, you will enter your login details as normal. Then a pop up window will come up asking you for a code. This code will be sent to your phone via SMS, you enter that code and you’re good to proceed.
Online businesses will typically find the following websites with two-step authentication valuable:
- Yahoo! Mail
It isn’t the beginning and ending of online security, but it is an added layer of protection for your most sensitive data, clients, and money.
These online security tips are easy to follow
Making money online is lucrative, so is exploiting those who make it. Stop those hackers who would exploit you by using the online security tips above. Either pick and choose what will work for you best, or do all of them for maximum protection of your money and online assets.
The last two points, and the first one, won’t cost you any additional money. The second point, on encryption programs, may cost you nothing at all, depending on whether or not you buy a separate device to store data. A VPN service will encrypt everything you do online for as little as $3/month!
You don’t need an expensive IT team to protect the money you are making online – just a few dollars and a bit of extra time spent setting up these online security tips!
This Guest Post is written by: Marcus, he is the security and online privacy writer over on the Best VPN Providers blog. He writes about internet security issues, occasionally goes on rants about the government, but usually doesn’t go too far off the rails…usually. If you would like to guest post at RealTimeTricks, check our guest posting guidelines. Photo Credit.